Firearm Industry Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: State Fish & Game Departments, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, IRS
Research Date: February 3rd, 2015

In America the right to bear arms is one of our oldest freedoms, and it's a freedom nearly 2 million Americans exercise each year. The firearm industry saw a decline after the assault rifle ban of 1994 but has since seen a steep increase since the ban expired during the Bush administration. The increase in sales have continued through the Obama presidency as many buyers believe they may not have the opportunity in the near future.

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Average Annual Firearm Production (U.S.)
WeaponProduction
*Number is the average produced yearly over the past 8 years
Rifle1,425,500
Shotgun777,125
Revolver352,625
Pistol889,125
Total Average Yearly Production3,444,375
Firearm Sales StatisticsData
Guns and ammunition manufacturing annual revenue$11,000,000,000
Number of people employed by the firearm manufacturing industry35,165
Number of weapons and ammunition manufacturers in the U.S.465
Number of retail gun dealers50,812
Annual Federal tax dollars collected on firearm sales$123,000,000
Annual number of hunting licenses, tags, permits, stamps sold31,625,161
Gross money for conservation from license sales$525,753,481
Number of background checks for gun purchases in 201317,000,000
Percent of U.S. households that own a gun32 %
Annual number of Americans who used a firearm for protection645,000
Percent who felt laws limiting gun ownership infringe on the public’s right to bear arms49 %
Firearm Market ShareMarket Share
*Measured in units sold, not dollars.
Remington Rifles17.5 %
Remington Shotguns21.5 %
Mossberg Shotguns21.5 %
Thompson Center Mussleloaders31.9 %
Ruger Handguns16.7 %
Bushnell Scopes17.1 %
Remington Rifle Ammunition25.3 %
Winchester Shotgun Ammunition31.9 %
Winchester Handgun Ammunition22 %

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