A Texas newspaper is reporting that a spike in gun sales may be tied to the potential re-election of Barack Obama as president.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas reports that gun sales increased so sharply in 2008, there was a temporary shortage. According to their site, paranoia over what Obama might do to to the 2nd Amendment if re-elected in November has led to increased sales this year as well.
Weapons retailer Ammo.net even called Obama “the greatest gun salesman in America” because of his impact on firearm sales.
From the The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Nationwide, more people than ever are buying firearms.
Last year, the FBI received more than 16.3 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, FBI records show.
Texas had around 1 million such requests in each of the past four years, the second most, behind Kentucky, which had nearly double that. Officials say Kentucky’s numbers are high because fresh background checks are run every month there on gun owners with concealed-weapons permits.
“I’m constantly getting questions from people in the gun community about this [issue],” said Alan Korwin, author of nine gun law books, including Gun Laws of America, and operator of gunlaws.com. “People are concerned that if Obama wins, as a lame duck, he will go after firearms in a way we have never seen before.
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