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Thursday, January 31, 2013
"How many guns are sold in the US?" - The Guardian
Alan: If ever a civilization deserve to dissolve it is this one. Excerpt: The figures show that there have been 16,808,538 applications in 2012 so far to the end of November. If they were approved, that would been enough weapons to stock every member of Nato's armed forces nearly five times over. The system has received 156,577,260 applications since 1998 and the US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world.
How many guns are sold in the US?
Do we know how many guns are actually sold in America? See what the data says
Before ringing up the sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure that each customer does not have a criminal record or isn't otherwise ineligible to make a purchase.
The figures show that there have been 16,808,538 applications in 2012 so far to the end of November. If they were approved, that would beenough weapons to stock every member of Nato's armed forces nearly five times over. The system has received 156,577,260 applications since 1998 and the US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world.
68,584,078 of the total applications since 1998 have been for 'long guns' such as rifles, usually a minimum length of 16 inches (40 cm) for rifle barrels - that is 43.8% of all applications.
The figures are also broken down by state - and they show that of those 16.8m applications, a huge amount come from Kentucky: 2,329,151, followed by Texas with 1,196,176 applications.
If you look at those figures by population for 2012, then Kentucky has had 535.78 applications for every 1,000 people in the state, followed by Montana with 116.95. The US average for 2012 is 53.94.
Of course, not all applications are approved. Reasons for denial include being convicted of a crime in the last two years, having a dishonorable discharge from the military or mental health problems. The latest figures show that being convicted of a crime (which is the easiest to check after all) is responsible for 58.65% of the 976,255 denials under the system.
These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not represent the number of
firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background
check and a firearm sale.