It was just a little over ten years ago the news was U.S. Handgun Production Dives 52%:
The American handgun market has dropped off so steeply that some industry experts worry that it may never fully recover.
Observers and critics cite a number of factors for the decline, including tougher rules for buying handguns, the revulsion caused by workplace and school shootings and the possibility that Americans already own all the guns they want.
The handgun business is “a dying industry,” said Cameron Hopkins, editor in chief of American Handgunner magazine.
Combined production for domestic and overseas handgun sales tumbled 52 percent between 1993 and 1999, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Industry experts foresee more rough going in the future for the country’s 50 handgun manufacturers.
Handgun imports also are way down, ATF figures indicate.
Of course a big share of the production “dive” was the boycott of Smith and Wesson the previous year. But still those were dark days for the industry and for gun rights.
We are “riding high” now but in ten years things could change again if we do not keep pushing as fast and as hard as we can in the proper direction. Liberty is always unfinished business.
See also Quote of the day—Tom Diaz from earlier today.