Gun sales drop in Texas. The factors are still being considered…
As gun restrictions tightened in the past four years, people rushed out to buy guns before Obama and lawmakers made getting a gun even harder. Last year marked record sale numbers for military-style rifles.
The number of Texans buying guns has since dropped by 18% percent, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Gun sales have been a bit of a roller coaster the past four years and are now leveling off to normalcy, according to Jeremy Alcide. Alcide is the CEO of Tactical Firearms in Katy, Texas, and he told the Houston Chronicle that in 2013 he was selling at least $1 million a month, and up to $1 million a week, in gun sales.
There was a gun buying frenzy when President Obama passed the gun control law at the beginning of 2013, spurred by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It required all potential consumers to pass a criminal background check, including private sellers that used to be exempt. Yet, buying a gun at a gunshow from a non-professional requires no background check, therefore no request. Are people buying their guns from non-licensed sellers?
Nicole Strong, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Houston, says that figuring out why gun sales are down is difficult. According the Chronicle, she says that the amount of guns on the street aren’t correlated to the amount of gun sales from licensed dealers. The fact is, people could be getting their guns someplace else.
Alice Tripp, from the Texas Rifle Association, says that the drop in requests may be because of the halt in Congress.
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“Some of the concern over certain types of firearms just disappearing may have been satisfied,” she told the Chronicle. “Some of the concern has relaxed since nothing from Congress has happened. Various types of firearms and ammunition are still being made. Nobody has knocked on your door and taken anything.”
Therefore, no gun buying frenzy.
Requests to purchase guns went from 147,793 last February to 94,876 this June. Requests are made to the FBI where NCIS checks are made, through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Texas holds significant numbers in the nation’s gun sales, Houston being one of the top metropolitan areas to buy guns from licensed dealers.
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