A bill to allow people to carry concealed firearms without permits passed the Maine Legislature this spring, and Gov. Paul LePage signed it Wednesday. Will it change the state of gun ownership in Maine?
It’s actually not possible to get statistics on annual firearms sales because both licensed dealers and people who purchase guns in private deals are not required to report them.
But licensed dealers have to request background checks through the FBI.
Those figures show that the number of background checks completed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System has been rising.
The Washington Post has written about the correlation between spikes in gun sales and when Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election. The number of background checks increased 50 percent over the rest of that year and ultimately sent billions more dollars than projected to the gun industry.