Gun Sales Big in 2012

Some gun store owners attribute the rise to president election


Gun sales are sharply increasing nationally, and many gun shop owners attribute the trend line to the presidential election, WHNT in Alabama reports:

A recent FBI report shows that more than 10 million firearms have been purchased so far in 2012, a blistering pace that would shatter the all-time record of eleven million sales set just last year.

Owners and customers we talked to said the fear of stricter gun control laws under a second Obama administration are driving the spending spree. Some of them believe that President Obama will crackdown on gun access if he’s reelected.

“With what’s going on in the world, the level of uncertainty, it’s clearly having a big play,” said Andy Jones, co-owner of Last Resort Guns in Madison. “We have a constant flow of people in and out..everything from all the young guys in their 20′s, all the way through to a 93 year-old man coming in to buy his first rifle.”

Gun sales have been on the rise all year; the Free Beacon reported in April that background checks for firearms increased 19 percent in February and March over the same period in 2011.