How the gun trade in North Dakota has changed since 2010

STACKER — The sale and ownership of guns has been a hotly debated issue in the United States for decades, with many interested parties vying for a voice. The National Rifle Association and other gun rights advocacy groups fought vigorously against the 1994 federal assault rifle ban, arguing that the law violated the Second Amendment. When the ban expired in 2004, Congress did not renew it.

Since its expiration, numerous studies have been conducted on the impact of the assault weapons ban on gun trafficking and the number of firearm deaths. One of the most widely cited studies, by researchers at New York University, shows that the number of homicides associated with mass shootings decreased while the ban was in effect. Many have called for the passage of a new ban, but no bill has been introduced to date.

In a post-1994 gun ban world, gun trafficking in the United States has increased by any measure over the past decade. There are more active federal gun licenses, more taxpayers complying with the National Firearms Act, and a significant increase in the number of manufacturers and dealers complying with the National Firearms Act.

Stacker analyzed data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine how gun trafficking in North Dakota has changed since 2010.

Read on to learn how gun trafficking has changed in your state over the past decade.

Gun trade in North Dakota in numbers

– 16.1% more gun licenses at federal level from 2010 to 2020
— From 601 licenses in 2010 to 698 in 2020
– 1,814.3% increase in the total number of taxpayers under the National Firearm Act from 2010 to 2020
— From 7 taxpayers in 2010 to 134 in 2020
– 2,875.0% increase in National Firearm Act dealer taxpayers from 2010 to 2020
— From 4 dealer taxpayers in 2010 to 119 in 2020

This article originally appeared on Stacker and was created and distributed in collaboration with Stacker Studio. It has been republished under a CC by NC 4.0 license.

Anna Harden

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