NEWTOWN, Conn. -- For the past five years, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has surveyed federally licensed firearms retailers across the country to find out what products are the biggest sellers and who is buying. NSSF has just issued the latest version of that report from an online survey conducted last month. The data shows which types of firearms and ammunition were most popular in 2012, and at the same time allows retailers to compare their businesses to that of other gun stores across the country.Here's the real meat of the results:
- 84 percent of retailers surveyed reported that overall sales in 2012 exceeded sales from the previous year.
- 76.9 percent of retailers surveyed said sales of AR-style modern sporting rifles in 2012 exceeded sales from the previous year (60.1 percent), the largest increase in the firearms category.
- Retailers surveyed said that 25.8 percent of their customers were first-time firearm buyers in 2012 compared to 25 percent in 2011 and 20.8 percent in 2010.
- For the third year in a row, the number of female customers increased. For the year 2012, 78.6 of retailers surveyed said more women came to their stores, compared to 72.8 in in 2011 and 61.1 in 2010.
One thing is clear, though. When the forces against freedom tell you that gun ownership is on the decline? They're lying. When they tell you that it's just the same people hoarding guns? They're lying. When they tell you that "no one needs an AR", they're lying. When they tell you that only old white men own guns? They're lying.
Basically, if they're issuing any statement at all, they're lying - it's all they have.
That is all.