One aspect of the Arizona economy continues to boom, and that’s the manufacture and sale of firearms.
Increase in Licenses To Manufacture Firearms
A business license to manufacture firearms also allows for the sale and customization of guns, covering accessories like the making of silencers.
The three states leading the country in the number of applications submitted for these permits are Arizona, Florida, and Texas. According the DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the past three years has seen those licenses increase by 100%. There has also been an increase in firearms dealer licenses, by 8%. An ever-increasing interest in the manufacture and sale of firearms is driven by consumer demand.
Increase in Firearm Sales – Demand and Supply
Firearm sales have been increasing steadily for the past several years, but since the last election and the Sandy Hook elementary school incident, gun sales have really taken off. This is an unprecedented consumer-driven response to our times.
For example, National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) pre-purchase background checks in December 2012 increased 58.6% from the previous year. In 2012, there were 13,780,285 background checks, a 27.7% increase over 2011. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, this “marks the 31st straight month … that figures have increased… The number reported for December 2012 is the highest monthly figure ever reported for NICS.”
In Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Scottsdale, federal firearms license holders have more than doubled. Among cities with populations over 150,000, Scottsdale came out on top with 4.5 licenses per 10,000 residents.
This upward trend in firearm sales began in 2008, according to firearms bureau special agent Thomas Mangan of the Phoenix Field Division. Mangan says the trend is “driven by supply and demand, ultimately, and fear that those guns may not be available… Arizona is a hunting state. It’s a gun state. There is a great deal of interest in guns here.”
On the One Hand…
Gun sales across the country have increased, in large part because many ordinary, law-abiding Americans are concerned with the current administration’s executive orders and certain legislator’s (including Senator Feinstein’s) proposed restrictions on the citizens’ constitutional right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.
On the Other Hand…
In the wake of Sandy Hook, there has been a hue and cry to end gun violence by controlling firearm ownership. Many believe that sweeping firearm control measures will end gun violence, particularly shootings against unarmed populations in gun free zones. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords came out in support of doing what needed to be done to stop the violence against the children. But does her personal experience resonate with families across the country?
If ever there was a time to look at market forces for the pulse of America, this is probably it. Are more people concerned with protecting their children and their families in their own homes? Are greater numbers of citizens more concerned with government tyranny? With gun manufacturing licenses and firearm sales increasing by record numbers across the nation, not just in Arizona, one has to wonder.