Gun Sales Reportedly Up 10 Percent This Year


Yesterday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s “Insta- Check” background check – required for the sale of a firearm and typically about 8 minutes long – was jammed with waits lasting more than two hours, reports the Denver Post. Gun-shop owners and buyers said the urgency was fueled by Barack Obama’s presidential win and Democrats’ increasing their majority in Congress. “I’m here because of Obama,” said one buyer. “I think he’s misinterpreted the Second Amendment. It’s not about the right to hunt. It’s about the right to defend yourself.”

Buyers were mostly going for assault rifles and handguns. Behind the cash register in one store, a list issued by the National Rifle Association outlines the potential threats a President Obama would have on Second Amendment gun rights: prohibitive excise taxes on guns and ammunition, bans on sales and transfers of all semiautomatic weapons, bans on right-to-carry permits and more. One customer left with two new assault rifles and said he had already bought 30 weapons since Obama began his campaign for president. The FBI is reporting that gun sales have increased 10 percent over purchases at this point last year. “I don’t know where this character is coming from or what he’s gonna do to us,” one gun dealer said of Obama. “But I can tell you it’s been good for business.”


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