Once again, the people who tell that our sport/hobby is on the decline are pretty much a bunch of liars.
From NSSF: BACKGROUND CHECKS UP 5.3 PERCENT IN JANUARY
Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows 942,556 checks were reported in January, a 5.3 percent increase from the 894,608 reported in January 2007.
The increase in background checks coincides with an up-tick in excise taxes reported by firearms and ammunition manufacturer
No real way to soft shoe this one; based on the actual statistics from reputable government agencies, firearms sales are on the rise. The numbers from the FBI only serve to back up the information provided by CSF about the amount of money spent on the shooting/outdoor sports.
Also, those background check numbers don’t include the number of muzzleloaders, ammo, black powder, spare magazines, and all the other various accoutrement that go with new firearms purchases.
Like I’ve said before, the next time some one tries to pull out that “well, the shooting sports are in decline” paper, don’t hesitate to hit ’em back with actual facts.