According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), 10.9 million firearms were manufactured in 2015, when only 5.5 million firearms were produced in 2010. Despite the current administration’s efforts to enact tougher gun legislation, gun production has increased by 140 percent in the last 5 years. Some people believe the almost doubling of gun manufacturing in the U.S. is because of President Obama. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker believes that some citizens see Obama’s position on gun control as a threat to the Second Amendment, and are trying to purchase as many guns as possible in case they can’t in the future.
Currently, consumers can purchase firearms from federally licensed dealers, private citizens, and even at your local Walmart. Some pressure has come from gun control lobbyists to stop the sale of firearms at retail shops, but efforts have been largely unsuccessful.
The fear of losing access to guns may not be completely irrational though. According to The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the President wants to enact 23 executive actions and several presidential memorandums that will prevent military-style assault weapons from being sold to consumers, and increase local and state police populations. These anticipated executive actions have yet to come to fruition however.
Baker also believes that the President should focus less on the rights of law abiding citizens and more on the major holes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System if he wants to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. The system is designed to keep guns away from individuals who have been involuntarily committed for being dangerously mentally ill, people with a history of drug abuse, felony criminals, certain misdemeanor criminals, and those convicted of particular drug crimes. However, states are not required to upload all disqualified citizens into the national database, nor does every state keep accurate records. This means that if a mentally ill person wanted to buy a gun, but was not entered into the database by their state, they would more than likely pass a background check.
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