Gun buyers are shooting holes in the sorry state of the national economy.
For January the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System showed that firearms transactions jumped nearly 29 percent over those in January 2008.
This increase follows a 24 percent rise in December's gun sales and 42 percent increase in November's gun sales.
In November the NICS conducted a record 1,529,635 background checks, says the National Shooting and Sports Foundation.
Increasingly, Americans are concerned that the Barrack Obama Administration's anti-Second Amendment appointments and comments will translate into more restrictive gun laws. This is being reflected in increased firearms sales of all kinds.
NSSF president Steve Sanetti says that sales in particular of handguns and semi-automatic hunting and target rifles "are fast outpacing inventory."
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn