ATF: Gun Production Up ‘140 Percent’ During Obama Presidency

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is reporting that gun production has more than doubled during the Obama presidency, increasing “140 percent.”

This jump is based on 2013 production numbers, which is the most recent year where complete numbers are available.

According to The Hill, the gun industry manufactured approximately “4.5 million firearms” the year before Obama entered office. In 2013 the number manufactured was “13.8 million.”

Under President Clinton gun manufacturing actually waned, decreasing approximately “9 percent.” Under George W. Bush it revived, increasing roughly “18 percent.” But under Obama, gun manufacturing has surged amid a demand driven by fear of draconian gun laws pushed under the guise of common sense gun reforms.

Gun Owners Of America’s Eric Pratt observed, “The ATF report confirms what we already know, that Barack Obama deserves the ‘Gun Salesman of the Decade’ award. People have been rushing to buy firearms because they’re afraid that Obama will take away their Second Amendment rights.” NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker added, “President Obama has been relentless in his attacks on the Second Amendment, and it’s not shocking people are frightened and want to protect themselves. He’ll stop at nothing to strip people of their constitutional rights to self-protection.”

Of the millions of guns manufactured and sold each year, handguns continue to lead the market. Approximately “4.4 million” of the guns made in 2013 were handguns, following by “3.9 million rifles and 1.2 million shotguns.”

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