Obama retains ‘gun salesman of the year’ title as industry sales continue to explode

Saturday, February 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Tom Tillison
February 21, 2014

When the National Shooting Sports Foundation reported the economic impact of the firearms industry increased from $19 billion in 2008 to $31 billion in 2011, it became a running joke that President Barack Obama was the “gun salesman of the year” for 2012.

And the phenomenon was trending upward, as there were a record 1.5 million background checks requested in December 2011.

It’s hard to say how Obama may have felt about his faux-title, but he’s all but certain to retain it based on a Bloomberg News report Thursday that said U.S. gun makers “churned out a record number of firearms in 2012.”

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