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How Patents Tell the Tale of the Booming U.S. Gun Market

Here’s my favorite gun-nerd dispatch in quite a while, courtesy of the eagle-eye intellectual-property mavens at Bloomberg News:

Gun-control advocates often marvel and/or cringe at what they see as the National Rifle Association’s ability to promote wider gun ownership even in the face of atrocities such as the 2012 Newtown (Conn.) elementary school massacre. Surely the NRA is a political powerhouse worthy of study. Equally important in understanding American gun culture, though, is the underlying, undying devotion to firearms felt by a significant minority of the population.