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Friday, November 07, 2008

Report: Gun sales increase with poor economy, Obama win


That's according to the Hutch News, which says that firearm sales are up locally and nationally. Partly because some people are worried there will be more restrictions under a Democratic administration, partly because they're worried about another Depression. Snip:

Gun retailers say sales of military and assault weapons are seeing the biggest increase, but that sales are up for all types of guns.

"I called three or four of my distributors this morning, and all of that stuff is gone," Harter said of assault rifles, which he says are the best "varmint-shooting" weapons around. "I have a standing back order."

The New York Times had a story about this trend, too, with some numbers:

Federal law-enforcement officials cautioned that gun sales were extremely volatile. Nationally, rifle and handgun sales surged 17 percent, for example, in May, compared with May 2007, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation figures.

That was before Mr. Obama had clinched the Democratic nomination. Sales then fell and were essentially flat by September compared with the year before, even as the campaign heated up, before rising 14 percent in October. November figures were not yet available.


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