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Gun sales stay high before inauguration

Posted January 12, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Gun and ammunition sales continue to skyrocket amid fears that a Democratic president and Congress will revive old, stricter gun laws.

"Many people are very fearful that as soon as Obama gets in, he's going to start changing the gun regulations to where they can't own certain firearms and regulate the capacity of those firearms," said Clay Ausley, owner of Fuquay-Varina Gun and Gold.

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Gun retailers across North Carolina saw sales triple or even quadruple immediately after President-elect Barack Obama's victory, over two months ago. Sales at Fuquay-Varina Gun and Gold jumped 60 percent and have stayed at that high since, Ausley said.

"Suppliers have vamped up, and they're running as hard as they can to build the firearms, but they still can't turn them out fast enough," Ausley said.

High demand has also hit ammunition, amid concerns that higher taxes like those in the 1990s will be levied on it.

"One of the big rumors going around right now is there is going to be an 800 percent tax on ammo," Ausley said. "If that was to happen, that would price most people out of the market to even be able to shoot."

"We've had several occasions where people have actually needed hand carts to roll their ammunition out," the gun-store owner described.

Customers said that worries about tighter gun controls under an Obama presidency prompted them to stock up.

"The Democrats have got control up there now, so who knows what's going to happen," gun owner R.L. Vaughn said. "It's all rumor, but I think everyone should have the right to have a gun if they want one."

Political insiders say it is unlikely that Obama would focus on passing any new gun restrictions during his first term – when the economic downturn will be his top priority. Even with a Democratic-controlled Congress, stiffening gun laws would be controversial.

Still, gun buyers say that Obama's statements on record that he wants "common sense" laws give ammunition for their fears. Gun-rights advocates interpret that as meaning that he will, at least, enact curbs on ownership of assault and concealed weapons.

As a U.S. Senator, Obama voted to leave gunmakers and dealers open to lawsuits and, as an Illinois state legislator, supported a ban on certain weapons and tighter restrictions on all firearms.

"Everyone's trying to get their firearms, basically, before they're changed around to be politically correct," Ausley said. "During the Clinton administration we had the same situation, and we're all expecting at the very least that to come back again."

Ausley said he did not expect sales to drop down any time before Obama's inauguration next Tuesday, Jan. 20.

"Monday and Tuesday (next week), I'm expecting it to be absolutely wide open," he said.

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  • ThePunisher Jan 14, 2009

    The real paranoia is on the anti gun nuts, who want to ban them in the first place. The last democrat president banned them, this one will too.

    Ban won't affect me, I'm stocked up to the gills. Oooh, scary!

    and LOL at all the idiots who think the Second Amendment was put there to protect hunters

  • james27613 Jan 13, 2009

    The lingerie store that was robbed the other day,
    both men were on PROBATION for drug and robbery crimes,
    yes firearms were used in their previous crimes.

    SO THEY ARE ON PROBATION AND USED FIREARMS AGAIN

    They both are already convicts and they broke more
    firearms laws and their probation rules.

  • rargos Jan 13, 2009

    According to today's N&O, violent crime is way up in the Triangle, mostly due to an increase in population (translation : illegal immgrants and relocating gang members). Police departments can't hire more officers and now they're talking about releasing prisoners early to save money in this economic crisis.

    Sounds like a perfect time to disarm law-abiding folks, doesn't it?

  • ignc73 Jan 13, 2009

    I say let the crazies stock up on their guns. Unless they start using them, it's really not a problem.

  • john283594 Jan 13, 2009

    I'm pretty well stocked up!!!

  • oldcorp Jan 13, 2009

    Eduardo, I too have had guns for ~50 years. Shot ALOT as an LEO, hunter, and competitor. No one, you included, should have the right to determine what TYPE guns I have. The so-called 'evil black guns', are just that, guns. They are a tool, just like a skilsaw is a tool. If a tool is misused, horrible things happen, but the TOOL did not cause it.
    It all comes down to demanding accountablity from people, something that the left is allergic to.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 13, 2009

    If a criminal wants a gun, he/she will obtain one regardless of the law.

  • batcave Jan 13, 2009

    We have more gun laws on the books than ever before.But they don't really work. Why are anti gun people so paranoid.

  • Hammerhead Jan 13, 2009

    RKBA, you proved my point about paranoia...thanks.

  • canes7 Jan 13, 2009

    Eduardo1 wrote:

    Locks on guns, assault-automatic weapons. If we use our guns for hunting, we do not need these type weapons, if we use these guns for target shooting, we again do not need these type weapons, if we use the guns to protect out families & property, we do not need these type weapons."

    Wrong! Military type weapons are used in target shooting sports. Check out the NRA HP programs for match rifle and service rifle. To shoot 88 rounds over a course of 5-6 hours also cannot be construed as violent or combat-like training.

    I'm trying to save the rights of ALL gun owners not just those that own shotguns or just those who own assualt rifles. I would hope you'd do the same and not throw us under the bus.

    We are all in this together.

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