Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gun Rights News Roundup

Articles, news stories, and op-eds of interest to gun owners:

U.S. gun owners bought enough guns in three months to outfit Chinese and Indian armies ... combined:
In just 3 months Americans bought enough guns to outfit the entire Chinese and Indian army’s [sic] combined.

You also bought 1,529,635,000 rounds of ammunition in just the month of December 2008. Yeah that is right, that is Billion with a “B”.

This is an evaluation of overall firearms and ammunition purchases based on low end numbers per Federal NIC instacheck data base Statistics. The numbers presented are only PART of the overall numbers of arms and ammunition that have been sold. The actual numbers are much higher.

[Mississippi] Gun, ammo sales booming:
At the Terry Road Pawn Shop in Jackson, military-style long guns don't stay in the cases long.

What's more, it has become increasingly difficult during the last few months for owner Kevin McDonald to stock his shop with auto-loading rifles such as AR-15s and SKSes.

"The demand has gotten so high, I don't think the manufacturers can make them fast enough to keep everybody supplied," McDonald said. "Often when we get them, we go ahead and sell them online because we can sell them at retail price or better." ...

[Massachusetts] Gun, ammo sales booming:
In the words of one Berkshire County gun shop owner, "gun sales have been through the roof" in recent months.

Indeed, sales of firearms in the United States began to rise in the lead-up to the November 2008 presidential election, including here in Democratic Massachusetts — long viewed as a bastion for liberal, anti-gun politics. And they continued to soar for the first three months of 2009, according to the FBI's National Criminal Investigative Service, which performs background checks on people seeking to carry firearms. ...

[New Jersey] Gun, ammo sales booming:
... Despite the economic downturn -- and because of it to some degree -- consumers are opening their wallets and stepping up to the firing line, according to government statistics. At the Bullet Hole, business has been bustling since the election, as customers are investing in firearms. Cerca says they're motivated by crime spikes and the fear that Obama will tighten gun laws.

A State Police spokesman estimates the number of applications to obtain firearms has doubled over the past five months. Nationwide, FBI background checks for permits totaled 1.5 million in November, the highest figure since they began tracking the stats in 1998. The number includes first-time buyers and owners expanding their collection. ...

[Tennessee] Percentage of carry permits revoked tiny:
In it's latest attempt to derail the concealing of permit holder information, the AP has come up with the worst that it could find about the Tennessee Handgun Carry permits. So far (unlike here in Arkansas) nothing has worked.

The latest is this, KTHV is only too happy to comply, "Nearly 1,200 Tennesseans have had their state-issued handgun carry permits revoked or suspended for running afoul of the law over the last four years.["]
Thats out of 339,000 permits by the way, which means the permits that were revoked were only a whopping .35 percent of permit holders. That's not even one half of one percent

The AP doesn't want to give you that piece of information because they don't want you to draw the obvious conclusion.

Clayton Cramer has some stats on the 4,000 self defense related incidents reported on his blog:
These entries are (with one or two exceptions, such as when my neighbor chased an intruder out of his daughter's room) all derived from published news sources. Of necessity, this means that these were incidents sufficiently high profile to receive the attention of both police and news media.
Along the way, we started adding labels by state and interesting characteristics of the incidents. Some interesting statistics from these 4000 incidents:
There were 212 incidents involving concealed carry permit holders.

Not every outcome was happy. There were 30 incidents in which the defender was killed (although often saving the life of another, or preventing the attacker from escaping). There were 191 incidents in which the defender was shot (although not necessarily killed).

For all the talk by gun control advocates that "a criminal will just take away your gun and use against you" there were only six incidents in which the defender's gun was taken away and used against the defender. By comparison, there were 183 incidents in which the criminal's gun was taken away and used against the criminal! More startling is that many of these involved victims that were unarmed at the start of the crime. [emphasis added]

There were 67 female defenders, and 15 defenders under the age of 18.

Sobering numbers: there were 90 criminals identified as being under 18, and 1009 of these incidents were home invasions--where the criminals intentionally broke into a dwelling that they knew was occupied.

For all the talk of inadequately trained civilians, we have one incident involving mistaken identity. ...

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