Smith & Wesson Announces 48% Surge In Gun Sales
Paul Joseph Watson
December 7th, 2012
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With gun control becoming part of the national debate over the last week in the aftermath of NBC Sports anchor Bob Costasâ€™ comments, Smith & Wesson have announced a 48% surge in firearms sales and a quarterly profit of $21.2 million dollars.
â€śNet sales from continuing operations for the second quarter were a record $136.6 million, up 48.0% from the second quarter last year,â€ť states aÂ press releaseÂ by Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation.
The $21.2 million profit compares to a $1.6 million loss in the same quarter last year.
â€śThe increase was led by continued strong sales across all of the companyâ€™s firearm product lines, including M&Pâ„˘ branded products, such as pistols, modern sporting rifles, and the recently launched Shieldâ„˘ pistol designed for concealed carry and personal protection,â€ť adds the press release.
The news helped push shares in Smith & Wesson up almost 3% in after-hours trading.
Given the fact thatÂ Black Friday gun sales were 20% higherÂ than the previous year, smashing the all time record as the FBI reported 154,873 background check requests, expect theÂ performanceÂ of gun manufacturers like Smith & Wesson in the third and fourth quarters to be even stronger.
As we reported last month, stocks in both Smith & Wesson and Ruger surged on the day after Barack Obama secured a second term in the White House, with gun activists concerned that a lame duck administration would seek to take a bite out of the second amendment.
In addition, gun stores across the country reported a deluge of customers, with some ownersÂ estimating a 400% increase in salesÂ compared to normal trading. â€śIt was the largest day thatÂ we’veÂ ever had,â€ť one gun store owner told WKYT.
Sales were already surging before the election, with Irvin Walker, owner of Triggers Gun Shop in Mills, Wyoming, labeling Obama, â€śthe best gun salesmenÂ we’veÂ had.â€ť
The majority of customers, many of whom are first time gun owners and women, say that they are purchasing firearms for two primary reasons â€“ fear of social unrest in the aftermath of an economic collapse and concerns that President Obama will use some of his political capital to enact strict gun control legislation.
Obama indicated during the presidential debates thatÂ he would pursue an assault weapons ban, which second amendment activists see as merely the first step towards wider gun control regulation.
Obama also indicated that he would attempt to eviscerate the right to keep and bear armsÂ during a White House meetingÂ with gun control advocate Sarah Brady last year. During the meeting, Obama told Brady he was working â€śunder the radarâ€ť on new gun control policy. Brady added that Obama assured her gun control was â€śvery much on his agenda.â€ť
The Obama administrationâ€™s support for theÂ United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), on which final discussions are to take place in March, has also stoked fears that global treaties could be used to curtail the second amendment.
â€śI have maintained for quite some time that the only true â€śconsumer confidenceâ€ť statistic one should look at is that of gun sales. The bottom line is people do not hoard guns when they are confident about the future of the country, and gun sales have never been better,â€ťÂ writes Mike Krieger.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer forÂ Infowars.comÂ andÂ Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.
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