Florida’s gun buying frenzy slowing


The decrease in demand should improve availability and is good news for gun buyers.

The surge in firearm sales that began in January is slowing, although sales figures are still slightly higher than last year, according to data provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Gun sales for April were down about 50 percent from January of this year.

In other words, the bubble has burst.

FDLE tracks the number of requests for background checks as part of its Firearm Purchase Program. While the data does not include private sales between individuals, the numbers are a good indicator for statewide firearms-sales trends.

If the law of supply and demand still applies to firearms sales, record-setting high prices should be returning to normal in the near future.

Additionally, the near total scarcity of popular modern sporting rifles should be coming to an end.

Ammunition, especially in the popular tactical calibers, continues to be in short supply.


2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
JAN 114,563 55,220 50,387 44,035 49,072 36,025
FEB 95,868 68,723 57,220 48,343 51,585 38,458
MAR 83,754 65,267 54,441 49,779 53,514 37,634
APR 70,708 54,916 46,765 40,699 47,013 34,965
MAY 2,116 52,614 41,826 38,026 39,211 34,036
JUN 53,072 41,830 37,011 36,741 32,676

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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