The US Firearms Industry: Production and Supply (Working Paper 14)

Jurgen Brauer
Working Paper

During the 25-year period from 1986 to 2010, US-based firearms manufacturers produced over 98 million pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns for domestic sale (excluding those produced for export).

The US Firearms Industry: Production and Supply analyses economic aspects of the US firearms industry, specifically the civilian, private security, and law enforcement (i.e. non-military) markets for pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns, providing a focus on supply-side issues.

The Working Paper also estimates firearms resales via licensed dealers and discusses recent merger and acquisitions activity in the industry.

The analysis is based on a data record drawn from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; US Customs and Border Protection; and the US Census Bureau.

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Keywords: Arms trade Production Procurement Stockpiles Industrial production