In spite of recent opposition to firearms, the manufacturing of them keeps increasing in the United States.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. almost doubled in just a three year period on Wednesday in their 2015 report on firearms commerce.
According to the report, more than 10.8 million guns were manufactured in 2013, compared to 5.4 million in 2010. The majority of these are pistols.
A press release by the ATF states that more than one million more pistols were manufactured in just a year’s time from 2012 to 2013.
The number of rifles made also increased, but not as much, 3.1 million in 2012, compared to 3.9 million in 2013.
The full 21-page report also includes statistical data on a number of different things. Perhaps not surprisingly, Texas leads the way in the number of federal firearms licensees with more than 10,000 and in registered firearms with over 400,000.
In other interesting data from the report, over 3.6 million firearms were imported into the U.S. in 2014. Handguns made up 60% of the type of guns imported, with Austria being the leading exporter to the U.S., accounting for more than 800,000 total firearms.
The results also show there are more guns coming in than going out. Just under 400,000 firearms were exported in 2013, the majority of these also being handguns. The report also displays tax revenue data by the federal firearms act and the number of guns processed as a result of the act.
You can read the full report by the ATF on their website.