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$34,000,000,000
Cost to gun owners to register AR rifles and 10-plus-round magazines, at $200 each

As he mulled that over, it was
NUMBER OF AR-TYPE
RIFLES OWNED BY U.S. CITIZENS
time for some more statistics.
According to the ATF's Annual
Firearms Manufacturing and Export
Reports (AFMER), as well as the U.S.
International Trade Commission (ITC),
in 2018, 11.4 million firearms were
Just under half of all the rifles
sold to American consumers
produced or imported into the United
in 2018 were AR-type rifles.
States (less exported firearms). From
1990 to today, according to the NSSF,
2019 U.S.
an estimated 19.8 million AR-type
FIREARM PRODUCTION
rifles have been sold in the U.S. These
rifles are now very commonly owned.
In 2018, for example, about half (48%)
of all rifles produced and imported
(again, less exports) were the very
AR-type rifles the mainstream media
MILLION
MILLION
likes to erroneously call " assault
Handguns
Shotguns
Rifles
weapons " and that Biden would like
to make Americans register and,
2019 FIREARM IMPORTS
through bans and confiscations he
calls " buybacks, " give up.
An interim estimate, according to
NSSF statistics, indicates that about
six million total firearms were produced in the United States in 2019.
MILLION
Of those guns, about 3.6 million
Handguns
Shotguns
Rifles
were pistols and revolvers, 2 million were rifles and 480,000 were
Congressional Research Service data,
shotguns. In 2019, there were also
there are now an estimated 434 milapproximately 3.3 million firearms
lion firearms in civilian possession
imported into the United States,
in the U.S. In 2018 alone, for the U.S.
which included 2.3 million pistols
consumer market, the NSSF estimates
and revolvers, 301,000 rifles and
that American ammunition manufac678,000 shotguns.
turers produced an estimated 8.7 bilWith these figures in mind, I
lion rounds for all calibers and gauges.
asked this young statistician what
Now, I explained, also realize that
percentage of these guns were made
between January and October 2020,
in the U.S.
there were a record-breaking 17.2
" About two out of three, " he said.
million background checks for the
" Right. For some time now, about
sale or transfer of guns in the U.S.
two-thirds of the guns sold in
So, with 19.8 million AR-type rifles
America are made in America. Not
now in circulation, and, given that
many hard-metal manufacturing
this rifle type (if it can be defined
industries can say that. This also
as a category) is and has been the
means we are not dependent on
most-popular rifle sold in Amerother nations for our arms. "
ica for years, these semi-automatic
To put this in perspective, from
rifles are clearly commonly owned
1991 to 2019, nearly 214 million fireand therefore protected from govarms have been made available to
ernment bans, according to the
the U.S. market; in fact, according
U.S. Supreme Court's D.C. v. Heller
to reports from the ATF and the
(2008) decision.

19,800,00
48%

6,000,000
3.6

480,000

2

3,300,000
2.3

678,000 301,000

" Well, they didn't teach me all
that, " he said.
Also realize, I said, that from
1991-2018, as more people have
bought guns and as concealed carry
has become much more available
and popular across America, the
U.S. violent crime rate decreased by
51.3%, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program.
This number likely rose in 2020, as
the defund-the-police movement
emboldened criminals and made
people in some neighborhoods
more vulnerable, but the fault with
that isn't with America's 100-million-plus gun owners; rather, it is
at the feet of those who blame our
freedom and our men and women in
blue for the actions of a small, criminal class.
This young wannabe statistician
was now thoroughly baffled. He
knew he couldn't bring those numbers and that perspective into one
of his college classrooms-not if he
hoped to get an " A " in the course.
He said he wanted to consider these
statistics, and to travel around
America more to understand what's
really going on when politicians, like
Biden, say they want to make citizens register, or to outright ban, a
massively popular class of firearms.
I told him to next ask the bigger
questions, such as who is really committing crimes and if the guns they
are using are legal. I told him he'd
find that there are, to put it simply,
two gun cultures in America. A massive, law-abiding and very diverse
gun culture that celebrates freedom, self-reliance and responsibility.
And a much, much smaller criminal
culture that almost exclusively uses
illegal guns. If America is to become
even safer, our laws and law-enforcement resources need to be focused
on this second group.
Go to A1F.com for more breaking news on
this and other Second Amendment topics.

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