Firearm Industry Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: State Fish & Game Departments, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, IRS
Research Date: 1.1.2014
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.
Average Annual Firearm Production (U.S.)
Weapon Production
*Number is the average produced yearly over the past 8 years
Rifle 1,425,500
Shotgun 777,125
Revolver 352,625
Pistol 889,125
Total Average Yearly Production 3,444,375
Firearm Sales Statistics Data
Guns and ammunition manufacturing annual revenue $11,000,000,000
Number of people employed by the firearm manufacturing industry 35,165
Number of weapons and ammunition manufacturers in the U.S. 465
Number of retail gun dealers 50,812
Annual Federal tax dollars collected on firearm sales $123,000,000
Annual number of hunting licenses, tags, permits, stamps sold 31,625,161
Gross money for conservation from license sales $525,753,481
Number of background checks for gun purchases in 2013 17,000,000
Percent of U.S. households that own a gun 32 %
Annual number of Americans who used a firearm for protection 645,000
Percent who felt laws limiting gun ownership infringe on the public’s right to bear arms 49 %
Firearm Market Share Market Share
*Measured in units sold, not dollars.
Remington Rifles 17.5 %
Remington Shotguns 21.5 %
Mossberg Shotguns 21.5 %
Thompson Center Mussleloaders 31.9 %
Ruger Handguns 16.7 %
Bushnell Scopes 17.1 %
Remington Rifle Ammunition 25.3 %
Winchester Shotgun Ammunition 31.9 %
Winchester Handgun Ammunition 22 %
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