MOUNT VERNON — Nationally, gun sales have been reported on the rise. Some stores have reported increase before and after the election and attributed it to people worried that President Barack Obama was planning new anti-gun legislation.
However, it was March when manufacturer Sturm-Ruger announced it was suspending taking new orders because of high demand.
Actual numbers aren’t available because gun manufacturers don’t report sales numbers. However, there are indicators that sales have been on an upward trend the past couple years.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation examines the number of National Instant Criminal background checks reported each month and adjust that figure to eliminate checks that don’t reflect gun sales. According to NSSF, the number of checks in September was 14.7 percent higher than in September 2011 and it was the 28th straight month numbers have increased compared to the same month the year before.
And in Ohio the number of concealed carry permits has been increasing, although it is not as high as the number issued in 2004, the year the policy began.
Locally, firearms dealers report strong gun and ammunition sales, but not necessarily a recent jump.
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