Enthusiasts are stocking up on guns and ammunition, and some in the industry are wondering whether sales are spiking as they did after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, reports the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. That rush created a nationwide shortage. “Look who the Republicans are trying to put against Obama,” said DeWayne Irwin of the Cheapter Than Dirt gun store. “It’s the Keystone Kops and people are getting scared. People are terrified he’s going to get re-elected and then he won’t care about getting votes next time. He’ll just pass whatever legislation he wants.” Others link the uptick in sales at gun stores to anything from the arrival of tax refunds to a spending spree by fans of the National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers show, which chronicles people preparing for the end of the world.
Last year, the FBI got 16.3 million inquiries from people running background checks on potential gun buyers. That’s up from 12.7 million in 2008 and 11.4 million in 2007. “I’m constantly getting questions from people in the gun community about this [issue],” said Alan Korwin, author of nine gun law books 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.” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Obama administration “has consistently favored the reinstitution of the assault weapons ban. It is something that we think was useful in the past with regard to the reduction that we’ve seen in crime and certainly would have a positive impact on our relationship and the crime situation in Mexico.”