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Op-Ed: Obama's Presidential win causes a spike in assault weapons sales

By Richard Bass     Nov 12, 2008 in Business
The fear of a Democratic Majority and President have caused a spike in gun sales especially the sale of assault weapons and semi automatic weapons with extended capacity clips.
People across America have been rushing to the gun stores looking to stock up on ammunition and guns in the wake of Barrack Obama's presidential win. In fears of a Democratic White House and Congress majority people are scared of a re-installment of a ban on assault weapons of 1994 and tighter gun control laws that would extremely narrow the type of weapons you can buy and what accessories would be allowed to equip on them. As well as the fear of restrictions many feel that along with the ban and tighter restrictions, the Democrats would impose massive federal excise taxes and licensing fees to place ownership out of reach for many.
These fears can't be argued very easily from the left as Democratic senators are notoriously the ones who always pose new gun legislation, along with the recent Supreme Court battle over gun rights in Washington D.C.
Barrack Obama has tried to lessen the concerns over fears of losing gun rights by saying he supported the 2nd amendment and would protect hunters and law abiding Americans to own, store, and transport and use guns. He just doesn't say what kind and what circus act you will have to do to take advantage of that right.
Here is his record:
Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)
FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008)
Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008)
2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007)
Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)
Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)
Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
Even after the court found D.C. to be in violation of the second amendment they scrambled to construct impossible hoops and mind boggling restrictions even for in home gun storage.
"According to USA Today, the new laws require residents of the District to jump through multiple hoops to own a handgun. They must get a permit from the city, keep the gun in their homes only for self-defense purposes, pass vision and written exams, provide the weapon for ballistic testing, and prove they are a resident of the District. Securing the permits could take weeks to months. Most astounding in light of the Court's decision is the new requirement that guns be kept "unloaded, disassembled or secured with trigger locks" unless there is a "threat of immediate harm."
Is this what we can expect for the rest of the nation from the Obama regime and a Democrat majority in congress?
Along with the for mentioned some people are leery of the stability of our country under Obama's hand. Fears of violence from outside the U.S. and inside the U.S. are concerns for many. Some people fear race wars or foreign terrorist taking on the U.S. and even their own government knocking on their doors to collect guns and a sinking economy. Some fear that it if it gets worse that they will have to protect what's there's.
Gun sales are reported to have increased between 8% and 15% depending on the source with the highest jumps in sales in October alone. To give a better perspective I have listed a few links and quotes from various news sources.
by CNN:
"According to FBI figures for the week of November 3 to 9, the bureau received more than 374,000 requests for background checks on gun purchasers -- a nearly 49 percent increase over the same period in 2007. Conatser said his store, Virginia Arms Company, has run out of some models -- such as the AR-15 rifle, the civilian version of the military's M-16 -- and is running low on others."
"At Cheaper Than Dirt alone, more than $100,000 in guns and ammunition have been sold every day since Election Day. Buyers are stocking up before President-elect Barack Obama takes office..... You can't find an AK-47 from a distributor anywhere in the nation," Irwin said, looking at his computer and checking on inventory.
Sales are brisk across the West. Background checks for new gun owners jumped 15 percent last month, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data.
Colorado just set a record for the highest number of background checks for new gun owners, nearly 1,500 in a single day, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation"
"Y2K and 9/11 were real busy, but it pales in comparison to what we've had going on here in the last week," said one Colorado gun dealer. "I've been doing this type of business for about 10 years and I've not -- I've never seen anything like this before."
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.
As more detailed information comes available it will be posted.
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