Report: Gun makers in Florida surge 350 percent since 2009

NBC News image

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Federal data shows the number of firearms manufacturers in Florida has surged by 350 percent since 2009.

The Naples Daily News reported Sunday that the increase has put a strain on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to keep pace.

The number of firearm manufacturing licenses in Florida more than quadrupled from 155 in 2009 to 691 in May, according to ATF data. Texas tops the list at 1,103 licensed gun makers, a 404 percent increase over 2009.

The federal licenses allow the manufacturing of firearms and ammunition for sale or distribution. Established gun shop owners and firearms enthusiasts are using their licenses to obtain parts and assemble weapons for sale.

Experts say some license holders form clubs so people can build their own weapons.

Get our hottest stories
delivered to your inbox
Sign up for News Channel 8’s Noon Newsletter to get
updates on the day’s top stories

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s