Meanwhile, the following fascinating new information on gun supply and demand has been compiled by my friend Jurgen Brauer:
- Firearms imports in 2010 amount to one-third of the total commercial gun market.
- Foreign brands also produce at U.S. locations and in 2010 captured well over 20 percent of the U.S. commercial pistol market.
- For the first time we have a number for used firearms resold via federally licensed retailers. In 2010 it was 9.8 million pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns, about 1.5 million of which were used (previously owned) weapons.
- The total number of military and nonmilitary firearms that entered commerce between 1986 and 2010 is about 150 million units.
- Allowing for pre-1986 production and imports, the U.S. averages about one firearm per person.
Source: Jurgen Brauer, "Demand and supply of commercial firearms in the United States," Journal of Economics of Peace and Security, Vol 8, No 1 (April 2013) .