As the Nebraska-based Cabela’s Inc. prepares the selection of guns to sell for the holiday season and winter hunting, the outdoor-gear retailer has two plans: one if President Obama is re-elected, and one if he isn’t, the Wall Street Journal reports. Companies in the guns-and-ammo business say if Obama wins a second term they expect a surge in sales, as they saw after he was elected in 2008, from buyers fearful the president would back policies to make buying a gun more difficult.
If Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins, the chain plans to stock more items such as waterproof boots and camouflage hunting gear. “If Mitt Romney is elected and there’s no perceived threat on the freedom to own guns, people might decide to spend disposable income on things like outerwear instead,” said Joe Arterburn, a Cabela’s spokesman. Cabela’s saw a 25 percent increase in new gun buyers right after the 2008 election, and continues to see strong sales, aided by an uptick in female and younger customers.