Gun manufacturers would likely not be the first to come to mind when considering industries who have benefited the most during President Obama’s first term, but a study from finds that firearm sales and concealed handgun permit applications are at all-time highs since the 2008 election.

Just to show a few statistics illustrating what those in the industry call ”the Obama effect:”

-Ruger’s firearm sales have gone from $117 million to $232 million, an increase of 98%
-Winchester’s sales of ammunition have gone from $431.7 million to $572 million, an increase of 33%
-Federal excise taxes collected on the sale of new firearms and ammunition has risen 48.3%
-January 2012 was the 20th straight month of increases in NICS background checks compared to the same month in the previous year
-December 2011 saw over 1.41 million NICS background checks run, the most ever for a single month
-The few states which regularly report concealed carry permit numbers have seen increases in active permit holders ranging from 46% to 161%

The correlation is astounding considering the day after his election the Gun Owners of America speculated that President-elect Obama “will be the most anti-Second Amendment president in the history of America.” The National Rifle Association (NRA) is actively working to defeat President Obama in the 2012 re-election, with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre telling the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference.

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