Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said the demand for guns is still “very high,” with an increase in concealed carry permit holders helping boost specialized areas of the market.
“The number of people carrying concealed in the United States has reached an all-time high,” he said. “And this is driving gun sales, which are still at near-record levels. Not surprisingly, much of those sales are for pistols that are especially suited for concealed carry.”
Gun background check totals drop as market adjusts to Trump
Now with President Trump in the White House, gun manufacturers are trying to gauge the public’s appetite for new firearms, which appears to have faded somewhat without the fear of a looming crackdown on owners.
There were 1.9 million checks on purchases run through the national instant check system in June, which was down about 11 percent compared to the 2.1 million checks in June 2016.
Overall, the first six months of 2017 were down 1.2 million, or 9 percent, compared to the first half of 2016.
The gun industry has acknowledged the drop-off, but said it’s to be expected after a record-setting 27.5 million checks last year.