Obama’s executive actions on gun control has caused an enormous spike in gun sales, according to data from manufacturer Smith & Wesson and the FBI.
The sales have been so explosive that merchants are having a difficult time keeping guns in stock, the gun manufacturing company notes.
Some analysts speculate that there’s a definite link between Obama’s expected gun control announcement and increased sales, a trend which has periodically repeated itself through the Obama’s two terms in the White House.
Smith & Wesson confirmed in a press release that demand has shot through the roof since Obama took office in 2009. “We experienced strong consumer demand for our firearm products following a new administration taking office in Washington, D.C., in 2009,” Smith & Wesson said.
In 2015, the FBI processed more than 23.1 million firearm-related background checks – a record high in American history.
That figure is supported by a massive increase in background checks in December. In that month alone, there were 3.3 million background checks performed – a number almost a half-million higher than December 2012, the previous record.
The feds don’t track gun sales, but they do track the NICS background checks necessary to purchase a gun at a licensed dealer. Background checks are considered to be the most reliable gauge of how many firearms are sold in any given period of time — although the numbers aren’t perfect because checks aren’t required between private parties and one background check can cover the purchase of multiple firearms.
Management at Smith & Wesson released data Monday evening predicting an increase in sales from between $175 to $180 million, a shift upward from earlier expectations of $150 to $155 million, Business Insider reports.
Obama’s package of executive orders forces background checks for internet sellers and sellers at gun shows, requires background checks for guns purchased through corporations, increases the number of inspections of gun dealers, and budgets more money to track down gun-owning citizens.
Conservatives insist the president’s actions are an encroachment on the Second Amendment.
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN on Monday during an interview that, “Pretty soon you won’t be able to get guns. It’s another step in the way of not getting guns.”