Gun Enthusiasts Stock Up on Firearms Over Fears of Dem Crackdown

Gun Enthusiasts Stock Up on Firearms Over Fears of Dem Crackdown

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    Gun Enthusiasts Stock Up on Firearms Over Fears of Dem Crackdown

    I thought I saw this posted, but it is dated today.

    Gun Enthusiasts Stock Up on Firearms Over Fears of Dem Crackdown - FOXNews.com Elections

    MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- When 10-year-old Austin Smith heard Barack Obama had been elected president, he had one question: Does this mean I won't get a new gun for Christmas?

    That brought his mother, the camouflage-clad Rachel Smith, to Bob Moates Sports Shop on Thursday, where she was picking out that special 20-gauge shotgun -- one of at least five weapons she plans to buy before Obama takes office in January.

    Like Smith, gun enthusiasts nationwide are stocking up on firearms out of fears that the combination of an Obama administration and a Democrat-dominated Congress will result in tough new gun laws.

    "I think they're going to really try to crack down on guns and make it harder for people to try to purchase them," said Smith, 32, who taught all five of her children -- ages 4 to 10 -- to shoot because the family relies on game for food.

    Last month, as an Obama win looked increasingly inevitable, there were more than 108,000 more background checks for gun purchases than in October 2007, a 15 percent increase. And they were up about 8 percent for the year as of Oct. 26, according to the FBI.

    No data was available for gun purchases this week, but gun shops from suburban Virginia to the Rockies report record sales since Tuesday's election.

    "They're scared to death of losing their rights," said David Hancock, manager of Bob Moates, where sales have nearly doubled in the past week and are up 15 percent for the year. On Election Day, salespeople were called in on their day off because of the crowd.

    Obama has said he respects Americans' Second Amendment right to bear arms, but that he favors "common sense" gun laws. Gun rights advocates interpret that as meaning he'll at least enact curbs on ownership of assault and concealed weapons.

    As a U.S. Senator, Obama voted to leave gun-makers and dealers open to lawsuits; and as an Illinois state legislator, he supported a ban on semiautomatic weapons and tighter restrictions on all firearms.

    During an October appearance in Ohio, Obama sought to reassure gun owners. "I will not take your shotgun away," he said. "I will not take your rifle away. I won't take your handgun away."

    Gun advocates take some solace in the current makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 this summer to strike down the District of Columbia's 32-year ban on handguns. For now, gun rights supporters hold a narrow edge on the court, but Obama could appoint justices who would swing it the other way.

    Franklin Gun Shop outside Nashville, Tenn., sold more than 70 guns on Tuesday, making it the biggest sales day since the shop opened eight years ago. Guns & Gear in Cheyenne, Wyo., also set a one-day sales record on Tuesday, only to break that mark on Wednesday.

    Stewart Wallin, owner of Get Some Guns in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray, Utah, said he sold nine assault weapons the day after Obama was elected. That same day, the gun store Cheaper Than Dirt! in Fort Worth, Texas, sold $101,000 worth of merchandise, shattering its single-day sales record, store owner DeWayne Irwin said.

    One Georgia gun shop advertised an "Obama sale" on an outdoor sign, but the owner took it down after people complained that the shop appeared to be issuing a call to violence against the country's first black leader.

    The president of a Montana gun manufacturer stepped down last month after word that he supported Obama led to calls for a boycott of the company.

    While Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, attributes some of the sales boom to the tanking economy, he thinks the Democratic sweep is the top reason why guns are suddenly a hot commodity.

    "I don't think he'll be able to stand up to that anti-Second Amendment wing of the Democratic party that's just been spoiling for chance to ban America's guns," LaPierre said of Obama.

    During the campaign, the NRA warned that Obama would be the "most antigun president in American history." And while Vice President-elect Joe Biden owns shotguns, he has supported a ban on assault weapons and has said private sellers at gun shows should be required to perform background checks.

    But Mark Tushnet, a Harvard Law School professor who has written a book about the gun debate, said new firearms regulations will be a low priority for an Obama administration and Democratic Congress facing a global economic crisis and two wars.

    "Maybe the gun-show loophole will be closed, but not much else," he said in an e-mail. "I'd be surprised, for example, if Congress enacted a new assault gun ban."

    Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said his organization will continue to press for what he calls "sensible" restrictions -- background checks at gun shows, a ban on military-style assault weapons and cracking down on illegal gun trade. He believes he has the backing of the new administration on those issues, but any fears of a broader crackdown are unfounded.

    "The one thing that they agree strongly with us on is that it's too easy for dangerous people to get guns in this country," Helmke said. "I guess if you're a dangerous person you might want to run out there and buy some more, but otherwise you should be OK."
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    Hmmm... "dangerous" is a behavior model that is created. I wouldn't expect Neuter-ke to know that, though. I think they believe they are still living a a theoretical world where people don't bleed for bad decisions...at least not "their" people.

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    Hey, my hometown and my old LGS! Yes, everyone is going nuts. Dealers are price gouging everywhere, but I don't hear anyone complaining about it.
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    Sales

    I worked at the gunshop the two days after the election. Wow. If you go by the transaction number assigned for the background checks from the state, there were 3000 background checks an hour the day after. I called in 3 people at once and in the time it took to type their names into the computer 30 checks had been done. All the technicians on the phone were short, not rude, but not cheerful. You could tell it was a bad day for them.

    And a distributor called with 30 cases of .223 available, 5 minutes later it was 5 cases.
    We were lucky to get one case.

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    Panic buying. You know..........I'd be willing to bet that 50% of these panic buyers didn't even vote. In my twisted little mind, I think all those who didn't vote should go to the back of the line!
    Happening in my home state as well.
    http://www.fox16.com/news/local/stor...b0c878&rss=315
    Tuesday’s election is triggering a spike in sales of guns around the country and right here in Arkansas. Gun owners say they're concerned that a democratic congress and administration will support the return of a gun ban, which passed during the Clinton administration.

    The federal law outlawed dozens of semi automatic weapons and banned certain gun clips. Gun store owners say this fear is prompting buyers to make a trip to their gun counter.

    "Our sales have been crazy. We've been selling tons of pistols and a lot of guns,” says Fort Thompson store owner, Tom Denniston. He says it's been like this since the country elected a new president Tuesday night. "Getting ready early. If they want a pistol, they say they want to buy it now and have it and get a clip and ammo. You hear all this stuff in the election about they might charge tax on ammunition, maybe have a waiting period on pistols," says Denniston.

    Marlon Doucet is a gun owner and wants to make sure he keeps that right. "I think with any change in administration, one has to look at how that administration will address things like constitutional rights and also looking at Supreme Court decisions. With the new administration perhaps less conservative appointments in the future, I think the second amendment may be challenged."

    President elect Barack Obama has consistently supported gun control legislation through the Illinois state legislature and the U.S. Senate. He also supported the handgun ban in Washington D.C, which the Supreme Court shot down this year.

    "I think it's important that we have the right to protect ourselves in our home and to protect ourselves anywhere we are and protect our families," Doucet says.

    Obama has gone on record saying he respects the 2nd amendment, but also supports stricter laws on guns to close loopholes to keep illegal guns off the street and violence down.

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    Least anyone think we are below the radar...
    I really want a liberal from Chicago to define 'Common Sense' gun rights for me - Mr. Capone will due.
    The Supremes better dust off the bill of rights, it's going to be a long 4 years.

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    Anyone see this news article about the "Obama effect" on gun sales

    Last edited by Scott; November 8th, 2008 at 07:38 AM. Reason: Fixed the link
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    At least the market on reloading supplies has not gone through the roof. Time to convince the CFO that now is the time to get that reloading press and supplies for 1k of each of the two calibers that I shoot. Can I squeeze $850 out of a turnip?
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    My local gun guy stated that he is seeing increase in sales of AR's and I think something about .223's. I'm not much of a rifle guy. Pistols are my forte.

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    In all honesty I purchased a handgun and 2 lowers when I was at home for R&R in July. On the night of the 3rd of Nov, I bought 500 rounds of 223 and 100 rounds of 9mm to add to the 500 I have sitting at home. When I get back in 30 days, I'll be buying a few more things before he takes office. As soon as I get to St Pete I will be spending another 300 bux to start reloading. I shoot every 6 months for the USCG so I'll be able to get tons of brass for the 223.

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    During an October appearance in Ohio, Obama sought to reassure gun owners. "I will not take your shotgun away," he said. "I will not take your rifle away. I won't take your handgun away."
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    Well there might be some good news about the panic buying. If in the next couple of years there is no action taken against the 2A and the economy continues to decline, there may be some good buys in the future from those that are panic buying now, and then decide they need the cash later on.

    Me, once I buy a gun, it stays with me, no matter what.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    God, if I only had an extra few thousand dollars I' be a gun and ammo and magazine and other gear buying machine!

    I am scared of what lies ahead for us gun owners and especially those of us who carry...
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    I just called several gun stores. One store had 200 AR-15s before the election. They now have 3. Timing is everything, I guess.
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