Skip to comments.Wisconsin gun sales skyrocket after Obama elected
Posted on 11/16/2008 1:44:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Wisconsin firearms enthusiasts seem to be anticipating possible new restrictions on guns with Democrats taking control of the federal government.
Handgun purchases in Wisconsin rose 82 percent in the days before and after Barack Obama's election as president compared with the same 13 days in November last year, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of state background checks.
Tom Smith, of Eagle, said he purchased two handguns, a .22-caliber snub nose and a .45-caliber semiautomatic, before the_election when it became clear Obama would win.
"I bought them because I was afraid they were going to be outlawed...," Smith said.
Gun owners also are worried that Obama might push for tax increases on ammunition and gun accessories.
"I went out and stocked up on ammo. I bought 20 cases of rifle ammunition," Kyle Troeger, of Muskego, said.
Calls for background checks that are required for the purchase of handguns have flooded the state agency. In the first 13 days of_the month, 2,642 background checks were requested. During the same 13 days last November, the number was 1,453, state Justice Department spokesman Bill Cosh said.
Where gun issues are in Obama's priorities is unclear, since the national campaign was dominated by issues involving the economy, energy and national security.
Obama's Web site says: "The Second_Amendment creates an individual right, and he respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms. He will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns."
Sean Eaton, owner of Fletcher Arms in Waukesha, said his handgun sales have increased 30 percent to 40 percent. The rush started in the days before the election and it has not slowed down, he said.
Eaton calls Obama and Vice_President-elect Joe Biden the "most_anti-gun people ever to be in the White House."
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20 Cases? How many rounds to a case? Just picked up 1000 rounds of 556 (223) myself.
Isn’t a case 1,000 rounds?
Recent gun show at Tulsa OK PALLETS of ammo were being sold to individuals !!
Yup! Even the blue staters are freaking out! LOL! This is what happens when you “elect” someone who you know absolutely nothing about. We do know everything we need to know about the Palin children though so that is good.
I just ordered another 440 rounds of 7.62 x 54R (Russian) myself. I’m short on .22LR and .38 Special right now.
I guess I need to start buying in larger quantities. My kids can go through a 500 round brick of .22 in a two hour visit to the range.
Didn’t those states vote for Obama?!
Front page article in today’s local (Ct.) paper saying exactly the same thing.
Then why did Wisconsin vote BO?
Are we paranoid? Or are we making sense. I bought a small calibre rifle and 500 rounds. Bought it a month or so back and haven’t fired it yet.
BTW, fired expert in the Seabees.
I went to the Saxet gun show here in Austin and all the dealers were completely out of 9mm ammo. Academy, Cabela’s and Walmart were reportedly out but I stopped by Academy and they had some. Everyone was talking about the increased sales of guns and ammo.
Boggles the mind...
Local Wal-Mart is out of .566 and 38 Special they did have the 32 cal. I need for my 1914 Mauser automatic pistol ($18.12/100 Remington).
Gun store owner in Las Vegas said he was selling like hotcakes and at least half the people were wearing Obama pins and T shirts.. had him scratching his head.