May 10th, 2009 09:33 AM
Article: Shooting sports shift with political tide
Open Season: Shooting sports shift with political tide | SouthCoastToday.com
Because of the jump in gun sales nationwide since Barack Obama was elected president — which has amounted to panic buying because of the new anti-gun administration — ammunition sales have also skyrocketed and there now is a national shortage, affecting hunting and the shooting sports.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade organization for the shooting sports, has shed some light on the concern that the supply of ammunition is not able to keep up with the current demand.
NSSF recently interviewed ammunition manufacturers across the U.S. and learned that the shortage of ammunition is real and is caused by several factors. They include: a significant spike in consumer demand; law enforcement demand for training and readiness; Department of Defense demand for training and readiness; and higher prices from commodities.
The high demand for ammunition extends across caliber lines. The increase can be seen in most handgun, rifle and rimfire ammunition and on certain shotshells such as buckshot.
In order to help keep up with demand for ammunition, manufacturers are working at full capacity around the clock.
NSSF also says that it's believed that the shortage is a temporary issue, but it will take time for supply to catch up with demand. While the supply will be increasing, the great unknown is what the demand will be later in the year. Since there is no way for manufacturers to predict how long consumer demand will be sustained at its current, unprecedented level, it is impossible for manufacturers to forecast the timeline for when the current backlog will begin to improve.
Even in this period of great economic uncertainty, firearm and ammunition sales have continued to increase throughout the country. According to the most recent Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection Report released by the Department of the Treasury, firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid more than $98.1 million in excise tax in the fourth calendar quarter of 2008, up 31.3 percent over the same time period reported in 2007.
Firearms and ammunition manufacturers pay a federal excise tax — a major source of wildlife conservation funding — on all firearms and ammunition manufactured (11 percent on long guns and ammunition and 10 percent on handguns).
The report, which covers the time period of October 1 through December 31, 2008, shows that $27.6 million was collected for pistols and revolvers, $35.0 million for long guns and $35.5 million for ammunition. Compared to the same quarter in 2007, collections were up 70.1 percent for handguns, 11.4 percent for long guns and 31.1 percent for ammunition. Being the fourth-quarter report, it's obvious that the gun buying skyrocketed during the period just before and after the election.
These figures close out the 2008 calendar year. In 2008, a total of $345.2 million was collected in excise taxes, up 13.9 percent from the $303.2 million collected in calendar year 2007.
"Demand for firearms and ammunition is clear," said NSSF President Steve Sanetti. "Since the November elections we've seen an increase in firearm ownership coupled with an unprecedented level of attendance at firearm safety courses nationwide. Americans are buying firearms, and they're taking the proper precautions to ensure that they exercise their individual Second Amendment rights safely and responsibly."
It's clear that Americans are fearing the worst with this new administration just as Mass. residents are dealing with more state ridiculous gun laws being proposed.
On Wednesday, the Patrick Administration filed "An Act to Reduce Firearm Violence" (H4102). "But it can only be described as Chapter 180 — Part II," said Jim Wallace, executive director of Gun Owners' Action League. "The existing unfair and oppressive gun laws were passed in 1998 (Chapter 180) and the result has been an 85 percent reduction in lawfully-licensed gun owners — and a drastic increase in gun-related crime."
"An Act Relative to Preventing Illegal Trafficking of Firearms," also known as the ignorant "One Gun a Month" bill also has been filed again this legislative session.
"If nothing else, the title alone should anger citizens," said Wallace. "The premise of the bill and its title is that by restricting the sale of only one firearm (handgun) or large capacity weapon to a lawfully licensed citizen, the sponsors believe that illegal trafficking will be reduced. How insulting!"
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's 2007 Report, gun-related deaths and injuries categories have increased in the following manner since 1998: 79 percent increase in homicide-related firearm deaths; 72 percent increase in firearm assault-related injuries; 243 percent increase in assault-related firearm hospital discharges; 331 percent increase in firearm assault-related emergency room visits since 1999 (Category began in '99); and a 590 percent increase in firearm assault outpatient observations since 2001 (Category began in '01).
"The record of reducing crime via "gun control" is a confirmed failed social experiment within the Commonwealth and threatens public safety," said Wallace. "With these facts in mind, it is incomprehensible that our Governor would seek to pile 23 more sections of more "gun control" legislation on top of the existing disastrous laws."
GOAL has introduced a reform bill, H.2259, the Civil Rights and Public Safety Act instead. "It's real reform with real results," said Wallace. Citizens are urged to contact legislators and ask them to reject any further gun control and ask them to support GOAL's reform bill. Visit MassGunLawReform.com.
Educated people know — and statistics prove — that when you try to deter or prevent law-abiding citizens from their rightful gun ownership, the criminals have a field day. This accounts for much of the increase in firearms and ammo sales statewide and nationwide, because with these two anti-gun administrations, crime is/and will continue to skyrocket. Those Americans who are still able to own guns have come to realize that they need to depend on themselves for protection from armed and dangerous criminals who commit heinous acts. When seconds count and the police are minutes away, you need to rely on yourself.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
-- Benjamin Franklin
May 10th, 2009 10:29 AM
..."If nothing else, the title alone should anger citizens," said Wallace. "The premise of the bill and its title is that by restricting the sale of only one firearm (handgun) or large capacity weapon to a lawfully licensed citizen, the sponsors believe that illegal trafficking will be reduced. How insulting!"...
Yep , that pretty much angers me, but I'm not surprised at the proposed actions of these idiots.
We pay them to think up this crap? Now that's REALLY insulting!
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May 10th, 2009 05:48 PM
Says it all -- IMHO
"The existing unfair and oppressive gun laws were passed in 1998 (Chapter 180) and the result has been an 85 percent reduction in lawfully-licensed gun owners — and a drastic increase in gun-related crime."
I'm just one root in a grassroots organization. No one should assume that I speak for the VCDL.
I am neither an attorney-at-law nor I do play one on television or on the internet. No one should assumes my opinion is legal advice.
Veni, Vidi, Velcro
May 10th, 2009 06:18 PM
Nobody is going to come out and say" we are going to legislate your guns into oblivion".
Instead, they use feel good terminology like "An Act Relative to Preventing Illegal Trafficking of Firearms" that sounds good on the title, but further exploration of it proves that it only has one purpose...to limit legal firearm purchase by citizens.
Our rights are always under constant attacks from our own elected officials,most of which have an agenda to get rid of firearms, and the few that don't act out of ignorance.
Fact of the matter is, if they are acting out of ignorance, they aren't smart enough to be legislators.
If they are acting to further an agenda, one that is obviously anti-American as well as anti -freedom, then they don't need to be legislators.
It appears that Massachusetts has lots of legislators that don't need to be there.
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