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DOING BUSINESS WITH... USA Part Two


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USA GUN STATS


Number of guns currently held in the USA (2015 estimate)


310m


Number of firearms made available to the US market (1991 to 2013)


Approximate number of background checks on firearms buyers (2014)


143m 10.2m 21m


Number of firearms made in the USA (2013)


Donald Trump as president is widely predicted to bring more stability to the market, since he is known to be a supporter of gun rights.


In 2011 it was estimated that annual US commercial retail sales of firearms amounted to around $7.16 billion, based on statistics from the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), Southwick Associates’ surveys, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (ATF). By 2013 that figure had risen to $13.5 billion in a sales hike


dubbed ‘Te Obama Effect’ at the time.


ON THE HUNT


Undoubtedly one of the major traditions in the USA is experiencing the great outdoors and, in particular, hunting. Te sector is massive and


growing significantly at present. In the past decade alone, hunters’ spending has risen by 55 per cent, while the number of people taking part has increased by more than 10 per cent in the same time frame.


Tat said, in the 1970s there were an estimated 40 million


hunters. Tat number declined for many years – with much of it put down to habitat loss rather than lack of interest – but it seems that things are again on an upward curve.


In part, the love of hunting


dates back to the early colonists, when it was as much a necessity as anything else. With so much and so varied land rich in fauna, Americans have always felt a powerful connection to the outdoors and hunting provides a connection like no other. Tose who take part need an intimate knowledge of both the land and the game they hunt and


Estimated overall economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industries


Number of full-time jobs related to the firearm industry (2015)


$42.9 263k


billion $13.5 billion


Annual revenue of gun and ammunition manufacturing industries


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