Thursday, December 03, 2015

Gun Business by the numbers

NBC News Thursday Dec 3, 2015

$13.5 billion

Annual revenue of gun and ammunition manufacturing industry, with a $1.5 billion profit. (IBIS World

$3.1 billion

Annual revenue of gun and ammunition stores, with a $478.4 million profit. (IBIS World


The number of pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and miscellaneous firearms manufactured in the U.S. in 2013, the latest full year available. That's 4,441,726 pistols, 725,282 revolvers, 3,979,570 rifles, 1,203,072 shotguns, and 495,142 miscellaneous firearms. (ATF


Percentage of the above guns which were exported. Of those 10.84 million guns, 10,413,880 stay in America. (ATF

270-310 million

Estimated number of guns in the U.S. (Pew Research Center


Number of full-time jobs related to the firearm industry, up from 209,750 in 2012. (NSSF

$42.9 billion

Estimated overall economic impact of the firearms and ammo industry in the U.S. (NSSF


Number of firearm background checks initiated in 2014. Because a background check is required before a gun is bought, this numbers gives insight into gun sale trends. However, just because a background check was initiated doesn't mean a gun was purchased. (FBI


Number of firearm background checks in 1999. (FBI


Average number of firearms owned by a gun owner once you toss out the top 3% of gun owners who own more than 25 guns. (Journal of Injury Prevention


Percentage of American households with guns. (NORC

29%, 43.7%, 55.9%

Adults living in a household with firearms: percentage by suburbs, other urban areas, and rural counties, respectively. (NORC


Percentage of Americans who say personal safety/protection is the reason they own a gun. (Gallup

$229 billion

The cost of fatal and non-fatal gun violence to the U.S. in 2012, representing 1.4% of total gross domestic product.(Mother Jones)

San Bernardino suspects identified; probe turns to motive, planning
WaPo Dec 3 2015

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