News outlets across the country—even in areas many consider to be anti-gun—continue to carry stories about heavy local guns and ammo sales. It is undeniable that gun buyers are stocking up. But why, we wonder? Worries about Politics? Riots? Gun Bans? If you’re prepping guns and stuff, please leave a comment below telling us what’s driving your personal purchases. What you’re buying would be interesting to know, too, but we recognize everyone’s legitimate worries about OPSEC, so if you decline to post a list, everyone will understand.
— Cheaper Than Dirt Chronicle Staff
UK Daily Mail (United Kingdom) June 9: Is it the threat of Doomsday, a zombie attack… or just new gun laws?
The unusual combination of 2012 apocalypse fears, popular killer-zombie shows and the potential re-election of President Obama has led to a nationwide spike in gun sales.
The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida) May 12: Several Polk County Gun Shops Report Sky-High Sales
Gun sales historically increase when there is a possibility that a Democrat will be elected — or re-elected — president, according to local gun shop spokesmen, and the trend continues this election season. Several Polk County gun shops report that sales continue to be strong.
WPMT-TV (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), May 4: Gun Sales Surge in Central PA as Election Day Nears
Gun sales are on the rise as fear connected to the upcoming presidential election, along with crime rise. Freedom Armory in Glen Rock, York County has seen a 25% increase in sales. The spike first became apparent in November, during the Republican presidential primary debates. “If [Pres. Obama] is elected again, there’s nothing to hold him back,” said Scott Morris of Freedom Armory. “He’s not trying to get re-elected again. So he can be as radical as he wants with no consequences. That’s the fear and that’s motivating people.”
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), March 27: AZ sees spike in gun sales
Gun and ammunition sales in Arizona are surging as several factors, including the upcoming presidential election, combine to spur buyers on. It’s the second major spike in sales since President Obama was elected in November 2008. At that time, some types of ammunition ran out in Tucson and customers stocked up on high-powered rifles they suspected Obama would try to ban. While that panic purchasing subsided by late 2009, gun and ammo sales have continued at a brisk clip since and are rising again. “This is a surge within a surge,” said John Lott, an economist and author of “More Guns, Less Crime.”
MetroWest Daily News (Massachusetts), April 1: “Got guns? Sales, permits shoot up in Mass.”
“People in Massachusetts are getting their handgun permits and buying guns,” said Greg Malany, 58, owner of Gfa ArmsTec in Natick. “Sales are booming. We see days where gun sales are through the roof.” Malany also said local gun clubs have seen a jump in membership.
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