How the firearms industry influences US gun culture, in 6 charts

Gun control researcher Michael Siegel shares some critical facts about the firearm industry

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Surging handgun sales

The U.S. is saturated with guns — and has become a lot more so over the past decade. In 2016 alone, U.S. gun manufacturers produced 10.6 million firearms for entry into the market, up from 3.6 million in 2006. Pistols and rifles made up about 85 percent of the total.

Explaining the stats

So what can explain the jump in the sale of high caliber handguns and semi-automatic rifles?

‘Stand-your-ground’ laws flourish

Another possible explanation for the uptick in handguns could be the widespread adoption of state “stand-your-ground laws” in recent years. These laws explicitly allow people to use guns as a first resort for self-defense in the face of a threat.

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