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Gun Sales Sky High – Many Blame Obama Fears

Gun sales are booming everywhere in the country.  Gun enthusiasts are stocking up on guns and ammunition, and most people in the firearms industry say it’s because of who is in the White House.


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Gun manufacturers and retailers say gun owners are afraid President Barack Obama will get re-elected, and continue his administration’s perceived legal assault on the Second Amendment.  They point to Obama’s first campaign in 2008, when the same fears caused a rush to buy guns and a nationwide shortage that lasted for almost a year.

One Fort Worth gun store owner says a lot of people don’t believe the Republicans have any hope of winning the White House this year.  He says just look at who the GOP is trying to put against Obama.
“People are terrified he’s going to get re-elected and then he won’t care about getting votes next time. He’ll just pass whatever legislation he wants.”
Alan Korwin, author of nine books on gun laws, including Gun Laws of America, and operator of says “People are concerned that if Obama wins, as a lame duck, he will go after firearms in a way we have never seen before.”
Nationally, January was the 20th straight month of increases in firearm background checks.  In Texas, the number of concealed-handgun permits has gone up every year, nearly doubling since 2006.

Last year, the FBI got more than 16 million inquiries from people running criminal background checks on potential gun buyers. That’s up from 12.7 million in 2008 and 11.4 million in 2007.  About a million of those inquiries came from Texas.

Some people say President Obama is “the greatest gun salesman in America.”  The website Ammo dot com says “American firearm sales and concealed handgun permit applications are at all-time highs since the 2008 election of President Obama.”

The same website suggests, only half joking, that Obama is the gun industry’s best friend, and gun manufacturers and retailers should be leading the way in donating to his campaign.

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