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    Fredericksburg.com - We're afraid and armed WEAPONS PURCHASES ON RISE

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    We're afraid and armed WEAPONS PURCHASES ON RISE

    Business is booming at gun shops

    Date published: 3/28/2009

    BY CHELYEN DAVIS


    President Barack Obama has stimulated at least one part of the economy: gun sales.

    Fears that he and Democratic congressional leaders will outlaw or restrict guns and ammunition, along with worries about the economy, have helped spur a hefty increase in sales of guns and ammunition.

    Sturm, Ruger and Co. reported a $48 million backlog in orders as of Dec. 31, and a 42 percent increase in sales in 2008.

    Smith and Wesson earlier this month reported a 45 percent increase in handgun sales.

    The Virginia State Police, which tracks each request for a background check--required for each gun purchase--reported a 19 percent increase in 2008, including a 60 percent increase in November over the previous November.

    The usual year-to-year increase is about 3 percent.

    And Georgia Arms, a large ammunition-sales company, posted on its Web site that it has a "huge increase in demand" and that shipping times are five to seven weeks behind.

    "Obama's been the best gun salesman," said Anthony Ball, owner of B&B Pawn Inc. in Fredericksburg. "Everybody's scared to death he's going to take away their guns."

    A whole wall of Ball's store is lined with racks of rifles, shotguns and a few assault rifles. Cases are full of handguns, and Ball says guns are a big seller in his store.

    While most of his stock is used guns, he says it's nearly impossible to get new guns or ammunition from suppliers. And when you can find new guns, prices are way up.

    At The Range, a shooting range in Stafford County, it's the same story.

    "I'm still waiting on guns I ordered back in December," said Paul Vincent. "It's hard to find ammo, it's hard to find the gun you want."

    The Range doesn't sell a lot of handguns. It's more of a shooting range, but Vincent said interest in all of the Range's services has increased in the past few months.

    The classes he offers--a basic how-to-shoot class for beginners, and the class required to get a concealed carry permit--have seen participation quadruple.

    "Normally I just schedule one here and there," Vincent said. "Now it's every week."

    Vincent said there's a surge in gun sales any time a Democrat gets elected president. People get paranoid, he said.

    "We saw this during both of Clinton's elections. And Y2K," Vincent said.

    Philip Van Cleave, of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said he's definitely seen an increase in every aspect of the firearms business--gun sales, ammo sales and attendance at gun shows, where guns, ammunition and other items are sold.

    "People have waited hours to get into a gun show," Van Cleave said. "Normally you'd be able to get in in a few minutes or just walk in."

    A normal gun show in Northern Virginia, he said, would see 7,000 or 8,000 people. The last one had 17,000.

    Interest in Van Cleave's organization has gone up as well--his 8,000-strong e-mail list is now at 11,000 and climbing.

    Like Vincent and Ball, Van Cleave credits fears about possible restrictions on guns for spurring the interest in them, but he calls that one part of "the perfect storm, a series of things coming together."

    One of the other things is fear about the economy.

    People worry the economy might actually collapse.

    Van Cleave said people think that would lead to civil unrest, and that they should have a gun in case they'd have to defend themselves and their homes.

    Some people are also worried there will be another terrorist attack--one that could put government services, like police, out of commission.

    It has all contributed to an uptick in sales that Van Cleave says started back around October and "went crazy in December."

    The greater demand for guns and ammunition leads, of course, to less supply, but less supply also leads to greater demand. People get worried they won't be able to buy something later, and so they buy more of it now.

    "It's a good problem" for those who sell guns and ammunition, Ball said. "I've got people coming in that I've never seen before. People buy a lot out of fear."


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    Nope, not too bad at all.
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    Nice article...and I agree, it's a good problem for weapon and ammo manufacturers.

    I might also add, that it's also a larger problem for BG's...more CCW holders and more awareness by those thinking about SD/HD.
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    It seems the mainstream media are slowly shifting; I was shocked to see on ABC a news report im Miami of a neighbor witnessing a car burglary next door and holding the 2 robbers at gun point for the Police.
    It was reported in a "pro self-defense" connotation; I was in shock.

    Maybe, maybe some start to see the light over their agenda.
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    We're afraid and armed WEAPONS PURCHASES ON RISE

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    Fredericksburg.com - We're afraid and armed WEAPONS PURCHASES ON RISE

    We're afraid and armed WEAPONS PURCHASES ON RISE

    Business is booming at gun shops

    BY CHELYEN DAVIS

    Date published: 3/28/2009


    President Barack Obama has stimulated at least one part of the
    economy: gun sales.

    Fears that he and Democratic congressional leaders will outlaw or
    restrict guns and ammunition, along with worries about the economy,
    have helped spur a hefty increase in sales of guns and ammunition.

    Sturm, Ruger and Co. reported a $48 million backlog in orders as of
    Dec. 31, and a 42 percent increase in sales in 2008.

    Smith and Wesson earlier this month reported a 45 percent increase in
    handgun sales.

    The Virginia State Police, which tracks each request for a background
    check--required for each gun purchase--reported a 19 percent increase
    in 2008, including a 60 percent increase in November over the previous
    November.

    The usual year-to-year increase is about 3 percent.

    And Georgia Arms, a large ammunition-sales company, posted on its Web
    site that it has a "huge increase in demand" and that shipping times
    are five to seven weeks behind.

    "Obama's been the best gun salesman," said Anthony Ball, owner of B&B
    Pawn Inc. in Fredericksburg. "Everybody's scared to death he's going
    to take away their guns."

    A whole wall of Ball's store is lined with racks of rifles, shotguns
    and a few assault rifles. Cases are full of handguns, and Ball says
    guns are a big seller in his store.

    While most of his stock is used guns, he says it's nearly impossible
    to get new guns or ammunition from suppliers. And when you can find
    new guns, prices are way up.

    At The Range, a shooting range in Stafford County, it's the same story.

    "I'm still waiting on guns I ordered back in December," said Paul
    Vincent. "It's hard to find ammo, it's hard to find the gun you want."

    The Range doesn't sell a lot of handguns. It's more of a shooting
    range, but Vincent said interest in all of the Range's services has
    increased in the past few months.

    The classes he offers--a basic how-to-shoot class for beginners, and
    the class required to get a concealed carry permit--have seen
    participation quadruple.

    "Normally I just schedule one here and there," Vincent said. "Now it's
    every week."

    Vincent said there's a surge in gun sales any time a Democrat gets
    elected president. People get paranoid, he said.

    "We saw this during both of Clinton's elections. And Y2K," Vincent said.

    Philip Van Cleave, of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said he's
    definitely seen an increase in every aspect of the firearms
    business--gun sales, ammo sales and attendance at gun shows, where
    guns, ammunition and other items are sold.

    "People have waited hours to get into a gun show," Van Cleave said.
    "Normally you'd be able to get in in a few minutes or just walk in."

    A normal gun show in Northern Virginia, he said, would see 7,000 or
    8,000 people. The last one had 17,000.

    Interest in Van Cleave's organization has gone up as well--his
    8,000-strong e-mail list is now at 11,000 and climbing.

    Like Vincent and Ball, Van Cleave credits fears about possible
    restrictions on guns for spurring the interest in them, but he calls
    that one part of "the perfect storm, a series of things coming
    together."

    One of the other things is fear about the economy.

    People worry the economy might actually collapse.

    Van Cleave said people think that would lead to civil unrest, and that
    they should have a gun in case they'd have to defend themselves and
    their homes.

    Some people are also worried there will be another terrorist
    attack--one that could put government services, like police, out of
    commission.

    It has all contributed to an uptick in sales that Van Cleave says
    started back around October and "went crazy in December."

    The greater demand for guns and ammunition leads, of course, to less
    supply, but less supply also leads to greater demand. People get
    worried they won't be able to buy something later, and so they buy
    more of it now.

    "It's a good problem" for those who sell guns and ammunition, Ball
    said. "I've got people coming in that I've never seen before. People
    buy a lot out of fear."



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    (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization
    dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to
    Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

    VCDL web page: Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL)

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    I'm just one root in a grassroots organization. No one should assume that I speak for the VCDL.

    I am neither an attorney-at-law nor I do play one on television or on the internet. No one should assumes my opinion is legal advice.

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    He has stimulated a few of my purchases.

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    I think it would be kind of funny to find out people like Pelosi, Feinstein, Clinton, Schumer, and Holder own stock in Ruger or S&W.


    I mean think about it: If anyone of them went out and bought say 100,000 shares of Ruger when it was selling for $4.36/share(11.21.08), then went in front of a bunch of reporters saying "hey, we're thinking of reinstating the AWB"

    Panic buying ensues, stock price goes ballistic (pun intended) the anti-gunner make a fortune?

    uuum, is there anyway to find out if any of them own RGR or SWHC stock
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    Good article
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    I probably would not have purchased what I now have if I hadn't been 'stimulated'...and the wife agrees with the purchases.
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    barack hussein obamama was definitely the catalyst behind most of my recent purchases. And his AG eric holder has stimulated me to get a few more.

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    The Attorney General's comments made me go out and buy an M4.

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    Bill Clinton stimulated my gun buying back in '93, everything since then has just been icing on the cake.
    When you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts & minds will follow. Semper Fi.

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    I certainly got stimulated to get a new handgun...and rifle...but unlike most I am getting target shooting firearms. So I can save my good ammo, and use my .22 ammo.

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