The just-released Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) 2015 Firearms Commerce in the United States Annual Statistical Update shows that firearms manufacturing in the U.S. broke the 10-million mark for the first time.
AFMER data is not published until one year after the close of the calendar year reporting period because the proprietary data furnished by filers is protected from immediate disclosure by the Trade Secrets Act. For example, calendar year 2012 data was due to ATF by April 1, 2013, but not published until January 2014.
According to manufacturing data in the report, U.S. gun makers produced a record number of firearms in 2013, a total of 10.884 million, up 26% (2.266 million from the 2012 number of 8.578 million. Perhaps more remarkable, the 2013 total is twice what it was only four years ago. In 2010, around 5.4 million firearms were manufactured.
Other tidbits from the report: The largest segment growth was in Miscellaneous mechanisms, which jumped 62% (188,988) from 2013 (495,142) compared to 2012 (306,154).
The number of shotguns manufactured in 2013 broke the million mark for the first time since 1999—jumping from 949,010 in 2012 to 1.203 million in 2013 (+27%, or 254,062 shotguns).
Pistols make up the bulk of the firearms manufactured, with 3.487 million being built in 2012 compared to 4.4 million produced in 2013 (+27%, or 953,843 pistols).
The number of rifles manufactured also increased, from 3.168 million in 2012 to 3.979 million in 2013 (+26%, or 811,364 rifles).
Revolver manufacturing was also up 9% (+57,925), moving from 667,357 in 2012 to 725,282 in 2013.
The AFMER report excludes production for the U.S. military but includes firearms purchased by domestic law enforcement agencies.
Import and export data for calendar year 2014 was also included in the report, and it showed more than 3.6 million firearms were imported into the United States; 2.1 million of those firearms were handguns.
From top: In 2013, the latest year for which data is available, the number of rifles manufactured jumped 26% over 2012 totals. Pistols showed a similar increase of +27%. Revolver manufacturing was up 9% over the 2012 total. The number of shotguns manufactured in 2013 broke the million mark for the first time since 1999 — jumping from 949,010 in 2012 to 1.203 million in 2013, or up 27%.
Why do you think firearms production has nearly doubled since 2010?