The Right to Bear Arms: Over 10,800,000 Guns Sold in USA in 2011 Some excerpts from the article...aper: "2011 was yet another record breaking year for gun sales, with Americans purchasing some 10.8 million firearms, a 14% increase over the previous year and up over 50% from ten years ago as reported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation:" "December marked an unprecedented 19th straight month of background check increases when compared to the same period in the previous year." "According to Ammoland, more guns were purchased last year in the United States than than there are active duty military members in the worlds fourteen largest armies combined..." If you assume an average length of each gun as two feet that would be 4090 miles of guns. That is fourteen times the length of the Grand Canyon and all most twice as long as the Mississippi River and 17,280 times higher than the Empire State Building. If you add up all the bars on the graph, it adds up to about 82 million guns sold in a 10-year period! Which has something to do with this last excerpt... "As sales climb, recent FBI data shows violent crime continuing to fall in the United States, with homicides dropping out of the top 15 causes of death in the country. The statistics undermine a favorite argument of anti-gun groups that more guns equal more crime.