2017 was a banner year for guns sales according to the Washington Examiner. Gun salespeople have run 12,601,102 gun-related background checks on potential purchasers. Unfortunately, guns happen to be the weapon of choice for criminals. In fact, handguns were the most-used murder weapons in the U.S. during 2016, killing 7,105 people, according to statista.com.
To get a snapshot of which guns are selling the most, The Cheat Sheet turned to CBS News. It cross-referenced the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report with GunBroker.com’s ranking of the hottest-selling guns to come up with a list. These are the most popular pistols, rifles, shotguns, and revolvers for criminals.
1. Pistol: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
In June 2016, Smith & Wesson’s M&P Shield 9mm took the spot for the best-selling semi-automatic pistol. It features a slim profile, it’s lightweight, and it’s easy to conceal. In addition, its quick reset makes it easy to fire accurate, multiple rounds.
In 2015, Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 people at a holiday party at a center for people with developmental disabilities in San Bernadino, California. Each carried a semi-automatic pistol, and one happened to be this exact model.
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