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Gun Controllers Peddle Declining Ownership Myth Amid Massive Growth in Firearms Manufacturers

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016
Gun Controllers Peddle Declining Ownership Myth Amid Massive Growth in Firearms Manufacturers

While wishful gun control supporters keep peddling the fiction that gun ownership is declining, the firearms industry is growing at an explosive pace in order to meet a growing demand. Earlier this week, Arek Sarkissian of the Naples Daily News wrote a piece highlighting the aggressive growth in licensed gun manufacturers. As the content of the article made clear, interest in firearms is booming and the firearms industry is a vibrant sector of the U.S. economy.

As Sarkissian pointed out, at the outset of Barack Obama's presidency in 2009, ATF had issued 3,040 active Type 07 Federal Firearms Licenses to manufacture firearms. The most recent ATF data available places the current number of Type 7 FFLs at 10,958. This is a more than 250 percent increase in the number of licensed firearms manufacturers over the past eight years.

Writing for a Florida news outlet, Sarkissian noted that the Sunshine State trails only Texas in number of gun manufacturers. From 2009 to August 2016, the number of Florida gun manufacturers has grown from 155 to 701, while Texas has gone from 219 to 1,146.

However, it's not only traditionally pro-gun states that have experienced significant growth in firearms manufacturing in recent years. In January 2012, Massachusetts had 97 Type 07 FFLs, it now has 162. Over the same time period, California more than doubled from 229 manufacturers to 520, and Illinois grew from 124 to 187. Despite the best efforts of New York's politicians, the state went from having 106 manufacturers to 187. Even licensed manufacturers in the anti-gun stronghold of New Jersey nearly doubled from 14 to 27.

Type 07 Firearms Manufacturer FFLs by State, January 2012 and August 2016

StateJan-2012Aug-2016
Ala.77182
Alaska4260
Ariz.327610
Ark.101202
Calif.229520
Colo.151335
Conn.114156
Del.36
Fla.314701
Ga.159320
Hawaii55
Idaho146218
Ill.124187
Ind.111200
Iowa53117
Kan.78148
Ky.81145
La.71155
Maine4888
Md.75127
Mass.97162
Mich.120248
Minn.136188
Miss.39116
Mo.184299
Mont.83150
Neb.3571
Nev.96179
N.H.66139
N.J.1427
N.M.75143
N.Y.106187
N.C.206385
N.D.411
Ohio220438
Okla.167302
Ore.196188
Pa.226344
R.I.916
S.C.88170
S.D.4248
Tenn.139242
Texas5561146
Utah130273
Vt.2958
Va.154281
Wash.154242
W.Va.3881
Wis.124249
Wyo. 4487
"Report of Active Firearms Licenses - License Type by State Statistics," Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, January, 2012 and August 2016,

Along with month after month of record-setting numbers of background checks conducted by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the incredible growth in firearms manufacturing puts an obvious damper on gun control advocates' efforts to push their narrative of declining gun ownership. Contrary to these anti-gunners' deepest desires, Americans' interest in firearms shows no sign of abating.