Have we bought all the guns we could possibly need?

gun-tied-in-knotAlex Yablon of The Trace has this, a story about sinking gun sales that includes this:

Smith & Wesson stock tumbled this week after three different investment analysts downgraded the gun manufacturer in response to new FBI figures detailing the number of gun background checks conducted in March.

This despite the fact that

last month was the busiest March on record for the FBI’s background check system, or NICS, with more than 2.5 million transactions processed. It follows nearly a year of blockbuster background check totals, including December 2015, which smashed the FBI’s all-time single-month background check record. But March’s numbers, while historically huge, fell relative to February (2.6 million), and marked the third month-over-month decline in checks since December 2015. The sustained drop in background checks has lead analysts to ask if the past year of surging gun sales is running out of momentum.

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3 responses to “Have we bought all the guns we could possibly need?

  1. I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

    • Yeah, you’re probably right.

      • Haven’t had a mass public killing since December. One or two of those or some “gun-grabbing” legislation, (which ain’t gonna happen during an election cycle), and sales will rebound.

        Maybe S&W, despite suffering from an inability to keep up in house with prior demand, just needs to update it’s line. Say…with something like the Ideal Conceal, a .380 two-shot derringer that folds up to look like a smartphone. About the size of a Galaxy S7. Invented by a guy who was troubled by the attention his open-carry holstered handgun would draw, the Ideal Conceal, (or the Maxwell Smartphone, as I like to call it), ” will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight. From soccer moms to professionals of every type, this gun allows you the option of not being a victim.” As long as you don’t try and use it.

        Me? I would stick with the .410 Snake Slayer fitted with some RIP ammo. (If you only got two rounds, go with the bunker buster.) But I’m kinda old school. (I don’t even own a cell phone.) And no chance of shooting myself getting it unfolded.

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