Gun sales have boomed under the Obama administration and are on pace to break last year’s record of more than 23 million sold guns. Due to fear of gun control and more terrorist attacks, people are heading to gun stores to purchase firearms.
According to the FBI, under the Obama administration up until May, roughly 52,600 guns are sold a day. More than 23 million background checks were conducted last year and since the beginning of his first term of presidency, there have been 141.4 million.
Domestic gun manufacturers reported producing roughly 21,000 guns a day under the Obama administration.
According to experts, sales could be higher if Hillary Clinton beats out Donald Trump in the polls in the upcoming presidential election.
Sales have skyrocketed since the Orlando terrorist attack that killed 49 people earlier this month and people are buying more guns in fear for their own personal protection and a fear that gun control measures will prevent them from buying more guns.
“Our sales have doubled across the board, not just in AR-style rifles, but also in small frame handguns and home defense shotguns. We saw this just after the San Bernardino shooting, as well. More and more people are coming to realize that their personal safety is at risk and their government cannot protect them,” Justin Anderson, marketing director for Hyatt Guns, told the Washington Examiner.
Gun sales among the LGBT community have spiked dramatically since the Orlando terrorist attack. Membership for the LGBT Gun Rights Organization, The Pink Pistols has risen dramatically since the attack and more people in the LGBT community want to arm themselves.
“We have always been known to be an LGBT-friendly gun shop, and we’ve seen a huge spike in LGBT folks buying guns. The LGBT community has long been a staple of the gun business. These folks are targeted every day and they know it. Those that didn’t get a wakeup call after the Orlando shooting. In the end, people are afraid,” Anderson said.