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  • Plan for city gun shops would limit sites, require sales be taped

    05/27/2014 2:36:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 27 may 2014 | Frank Main
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a far-reaching ordinance that would keep gun stores out of most parts of the city and require them to videotape every sale to deter customers from buying firearms for crooks. The ordinance is a response to a federal judge’s ruling in January that Chicago’s longtime ban on gun stores was unconstitutional. Emanuel chose not to fight the decision, and the court gave the city six months to approve store restrictions short of a ban. The deadline is July 14. Under the proposed ordinance, special-use zoning would keep gun stores out of 99.5 percent of Chicago,...
  • Brady Center lawsuit to use “smart” gun mandate to trigger handgun ban in New Jersey

    05/24/2014 8:58:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Early this month I wrote about New Jersey’s “smart” gun mandate. The statute bans the sale of all ordinary handguns in New Jersey within 30 months of the date when “at least one manufacturer has delivered at least one production model of a personalized handgun to a registered or licensed wholesale or retail dealer in New Jersey or any other state.” N.J. Stats. sect. 2C:58–2.2 et seq. A so-called “smart” gun is one with some kind of technology such that only the owner is supposed to be able to fire it. As detailed in my previous post, American police and...
  • FBI Report: Early 2013 Crime Decrease Coincides with Gun Sales Boom

    02/22/2014 4:27:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Outdoor Hub ^ | February 21, 2014 | Daniel Xu
    FBI Report: Early 2013 Crime Decrease Coincides with Gun Sales Boom The FBI released the Preliminary Seminannual Uniform Crime Report for the first six months of 2013 on Tuesday. According to the statistics found in the report, all of the offenses in the violent crime category—including murder, forcible rape, assault, and robbery—showed a significant decrease in early 2013 from the same period in 2012. This drop in violent crime coincided with one of the largest booms for gun sales in recent history. The FBI report was compiled with data submitted by 12,723 law enforcement agencies in the United States for...
  • Is The Obama Administration The Cause Of Gun Ammunition Shortages?

    10/20/2013 9:06:14 AM PDT · by Innovative · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | Frank Miniter
    As gun sales break records—partly because of fear of coming gun control from the Obama administration—supplies of ammo ran so low that gun stores and ranges have to ration ammunition. Meanwhile, rumors of mass purchases of ammunition made by government entities began to fly around the Internet. Making all this even worse is that fact that it hasn’t been a short-term supply problem. Now well over a year since the shortages of popular types of ammo began there are still empty shelves and rationing here and there around the United States.
  • Bloomberg warns of illegal online gun sales

    09/18/2013 12:44:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2013 2:30 PM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says an investigation estimates that thousands of people with criminal records could have bought guns on just one classified ad website. … Bloomberg says the investigation merely “scratched the surface” of the Internet’s illegal guns market. He urged Congress to pass legislation requiring background checks for all gun sales. …
  • Why Have Gun Sales Dropped So Much?

    07/25/2013 4:03:37 PM PDT · by lbryce · 115 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | July 25, 2013 | Philip Bump
    n June, the number of background checks conducted by the FBI — a strong indicator of new gun sales — hit its lowest level since September 2011. The figure was down 54 percent from December 2012, in which more background checks were performed than any previous month in history. But why? There are probably four reasons : Obama, the seasons, gun control, and physics. Using data from the FBI, we created a chart showing the number of background checks per month. This isn't tied directly to sales; Kentucky, for example, requires a new check at the renewal of a gun...
  • How The Obama Gun Boom Pushed The Fortune Of Two Brothers To $1.2 Billion (Cabelas)

    05/23/2013 6:05:21 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | June, 2013 issue | Nathan Vardi
    Shares have increased by 95% in the last year and are up more than 70% already in 2013. That makes Cabela’s stock the best-performing in the firearms industry and one of the top-performing stocks in the U.S. in the last year. The company’s two biggest shareholders, founders Richard and James Cabela, have seen the value of their combined 25% stake jump to $1.2 billion from $750 million at the start of 2013. About one-third of Cabela’s $3.1 billion in sales last year came from firearms, ammunition and accessories, and a substantial amount of its all-important sales growth came from its...
  • GE Halts Financing for Firearm Retailers as Gun Lenders Vanish

    04/25/2013 2:36:19 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    Can only post the link as it is Bllomturb material.
  • Gun enthusiasts pack Expo Center for Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show

    04/07/2013 7:36:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | April 7, 2013 | David Harper
    Anyone who has any doubt about how much people love firearms wasn't trying to find a parking spot anywhere near Expo Center on Saturday. Individuals from all over the United States and even some foreign countries were at the fairgrounds to attend the Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show, an event that continues on Sunday with a session from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show manager Joe Wanenmacher said the semi-annual event usually draws between 35,000 to 40,000 people over the course of a weekend. He said he wouldn't be surprised if attendance reached 50,000 by closing time on Sunday. Wanenmacher said...
  • The Great Gun-Control Fizzle (Obama has become America's Best Gun Salesman)

    04/05/2013 7:34:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2013 | Rich Lowry
    Rarely has the political class whipped itself into a lather that has abated so quickly. After the Newtown, Conn., massacre, so many invested so much hope in President Barack Obama’s pledge to “use whatever power this office holds” to pass new gun-control laws. The president has certainly done his part. He has held rallies. He has used children as props. He has held events with parents of the little victims of Newtown. He has shamed the nation for its alleged forgetfulness over the terrible events of that day. Yet the needle of public opinion is moving the wrong way. CBS...
  • 70,291,049 Background Checks for Gun Purchases Under Obama

    04/03/2013 8:20:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 3, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    There have been 70,291,049 background checks for gun purchases since President Obama took office, according to data released by the FBI. In 2009, the FBI conducted 14,033,824 background checks. If we subtract the month of January (Obama did not assume office until the end of the month) we get 12,819,939. The FBI conducted 14,409,616 background checks in 2010, 16,454,951 in 2011, and 19,592,303 in 2012....
  • Number Of US Gun Makers Refusing Sales To Gov't In 'Firearms Equality Movement' Triples In Two Weeks

    03/09/2013 4:42:50 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 3/09/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    On February 22, "Right Views" reported that a growing number firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the "Firearms Equality Movement," has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118. The Police Loophole lists every company and links to the statements that each has released regarding their new policies. Wilson Combat, a custom pistol manufacturer located in Berryville, Arkansas, joined the movement on February 28 stating the following: "Wilson Combat will...
  • Majority of Youths Will Buy, or Consider Buying, a Gun, Survey Shows

    01/19/2013 9:14:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 18 Jan 2013 08:02 AM | Michael Mullins
    In a poll that will surely make gun control advocates squirm, 60 percent of young Americans plan to, or are considering owning a gun later in life according to an American University (AU) survey released this week. The national survey, which consisted of 4,000 high school and college students, revealed that 40 percent of participants planned to one day own a firearm, while another 20 percent were considering it. “I think the major contribution of the poll results is to demonstrate that now is certainly the time to have a serious conversation about gun control since the next generation is...
  • Nation's biggest gun store calls for revolt

    01/17/2013 4:03:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    The nation's biggest arms store, Charlotte, N.C.'s Hyatt Gun Shop, is calling on gun owners to revolt against President Obama's new gun control move, warning that Washington has its eyes on trashing the Second Amendment and stealing gun rights. Hyatt has turned part of its retail webpage over to the plea for action: "Whining to other gun owners and giving up on dialogue with your representatives in Congress is how you GIVE AWAY your gun rights! Remember to contact your representative and senator TODAY and keep contacting them. We cannot stress this enough!" Owner Larry Hyatt told Secrets, "People are...
  • Gun sale surge driven by fear, Obama says

    01/15/2013 4:29:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2013 | Charles J. Lewis
    One month after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., President Obama attributed the recent surge of weapons sales to efforts by gun control foes to arouse fears that the federal government would seize firearms. Obama said he would unveil details of his "sensible, common-sense" program for tighter gun controls later this week. The president, responding to questions at a White House news conference Monday, said those steps would include "an assault weapons ban that is meaningful," stronger background checks and measures to keep high-capacity magazine clips "out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them." Asked at his news...
  • Georgia Gun Sales And Permit Applications Soar Post-Newtown

    01/09/2013 7:24:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://www.ajc.com/ ^ | January 9,2013 | Katie Leslie
    Gun sales and permit requests have surged across metro Atlanta since the Connecticut school massacre last month, a trend many say will continue as Congress considers tougher gun control measures.
  • Americans Snap Up Guns at Wal-Mart, Ammo Clips on eBay

    12/19/2012 3:05:17 PM PST · by Mozilla · 42 replies
    MoneyNews ^ | 12/19/12 | Staff
    With President Barack Obama endorsing sweeping gun restrictions in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, prices for handgun magazines are surging on EBay and semi-automatic rifles are sold out at many Wal-Mart Stores Inc. locations. Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles like the one used at Newtown, where 26 people, most of them children, were killed on Dec. 14. By contrast, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. suspended sales of similar guns at its more than 500 stores. Searches of five kinds of semi-automatic rifles on Wal- Mart’s website...
  • Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says

    11/27/2012 10:05:19 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    TMCNET ^ | 11/27/12
    GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- So many gun dealers called the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday. Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday. "We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn't get...
  • Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in Va.

    11/27/2012 7:28:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    timesdispatch.com ^ | Nov 23, 2012 | Mark Bowes
    Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in Va. BY MARK BOWES | Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 11:20 pm Gun-related violent crime in Virginia has dropped steadily over the past six years as the sale of firearms has soared to a new record, according to an analysis of state crime data with state records of gun sales. The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent. But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over...
  • Guns fly out the door on Black Friday

    11/24/2012 8:09:01 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 32 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Pierce
    This Black Friday marked a personal first for me. I actually stood in line, in the cold, just to be one of the first shoppers allowed into a store when it opened at Midnight. --IMAGE HERE-- So what was I after? Was it the latest electronics? Could it have been a video game system? Perhaps even a sale on tennis shoes? No, no, and no. The only thing that could have convinced me to engage in what I had always characterized as silly behavior was of course … cheap guns! And I was certainly not the only one. My brother-in-law...
  • Gun sales, background checks soar after President Barack Obama re-election

    NAPLES, Fla - Sleeping with a knife under her pillow wasn't enough anymore. Denise Barra needed a gun for protection. Fearing more stringent gun laws could soon be enacted after the reelection of President Barack Obama, the single mother of two stopped by an East Naples gun shop to get educated and maybe purchase a new weapon for her bedside table. "This is a right I have in this country," said Barra, 34, a Naples resident. "Why not take advantage of it and be safe and secure in my own home and not rely on calling 911 or the police...
  • Election triggers gun sales

    11/11/2012 3:01:18 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-11-12 | unattributed
    Gun manufacturer stocks are a hot commodity on Wall Street in the wake of Tuesday's election. Gun shop owners are reaping the benefits, too. Some are selling ten times what they normally do as customers load up. "Our ammo and our guns have literally been flying off the shelf," says Rich Chatmas, co-owner of The Gun Cleaners in Waco, Texas. It's been the trend at the gun shop, especially over the last two days. Customer Brian Richardson has been anticipating President Obama's re-election for months. "I was a little concerned, because I know that the current president is real big...
  • Why Are Northeast Gun Sales Surging?

    09/12/2012 10:29:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12 September, 2012 | Rober Farago
    http://ttag.zippykidcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Regional-NICS-History1.png Firearms ownership statistics are about as easy to read as tea leaves. They should be even harder; the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) specifically forbids local, state and federal government from maintaining any sort of firearms registry. Someone should tell that to the extra-legal Illinois gun grabbers attempting to create a firearms licensing system. While I’m at it, the FBI’s NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) is a clear infringement on our Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure; buying a firearm is a lawful act. And the ATF’s dictum that the FFL dealers must keep a...
  • June 2012 NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks Up 24.5 Percent

    07/30/2012 12:40:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    nssrf.og ^ | July, 2012 | NSSF
    The June 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 846,437 is an increase of 24.5 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 679,840 in June 2011. For comparison, the unadjusted June 2012 NICS figure of 1,290,210 reflects an 11.4 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,157,714 in June 2011. This marks the 25th straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year. The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky, Iowa and Michigan...
  • Gun Sales Surge in Central PA as Election Day Nears

    05/04/2012 1:05:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    WPMT-TV ^ | May 4, 2012 | Amber Miller
    GLEN ROCK, YORK COUNTY — 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 since November, during the 2012 Presidential Republican Primary debates. Handguns make up the bulk of the sales. Some believing President Barack Obama will win re-election and implement stricter gun laws.
  • Gun Sales on the Rise (Alabama)

    08/27/2011 6:14:39 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    In July alone, 21,000 guns were sold in Alabama. To put that number in perspective, 4 years ago, Alabama gun sales hit just over 14,000. Since 2008, gun sales have steadily climbed each year. You may think people are purchasing guns for safety. While that's true, it's not the main reason. The economy is causing firearm sales to soar. The number of FBI background checks preformed this year alone is at a record high number. Gun sales have steadily climbed each year since 2008. There are many theories exactly why gun sales are on the rise across the country. Some...
  • Despite Economy, Ohio, U.S. Gun Sales Defy Gravity

    08/21/2011 7:15:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Shooting Illustrated ^ | August 17, 2011 | J.R. Absher
    Despite Economy, Ohio, U.S. Gun Sales Defy Gravity The economy of Ohio is centered to a high degree on the manufacturing of a myriad of consumer products, perhaps to a higher degree than dozens of other states. As a result, one would think the current downturn in the national economy would be intensified in The Buckeye State. Ohioans may not be dining out as much or buying new refrigerators and pickup tracks, but recently released figures from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) indicate they are continuing to purchase firearms at a record pace. During the first seven...
  • Smuggled weapons: Bigger the better

    05/30/2011 10:53:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    chron.com - Hearst Newspapers ^ | 29 May 2011 | Dan Freedman
    Convicted gun smuggler John Phillip Hernandez of Houston was likely not the kind of customer that Bushmaster Firearms International had in mind when he purchased 14 of their .223-caliber AR-15s at Houston area gun shops in 2006 and 2007. Bushmaster describes the AR-15 rifles, a civilian version of the U.S. military's standard-issue M-16, as intended "for law enforcement, security and private consumer use.“ But the weapons Hernandez and his associates purchased ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartel pistoleros, including a Bushmaster .223 that was used to kill four police officers and three secretaries in Acapulco. A Hearst...
  • FBI: Gun sales up, murders down

    12/24/2009 2:49:08 PM PST · by AuntB · 15 replies · 1,637+ views
    Sonoran Weekly Review ^ | Dec. 22, 2009 | Jim Kouri
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports a ten percent drop in murders during the first six months of 2009, while at a time US gun sales are going through the roof, according to reports obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police. Meanwhile, gun sales to private citizens soared almost 30 percent during that same period. Gun rights advocates claim that these numbers are further proof that there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, state officials from the Second Amendment Foundation, a civil rights group. Further, the SAF contends that the increase in private citizen gun-ownership...
  • Rise in county gun sales tied to fewer cops, what Obama might do

    07/14/2009 7:58:46 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 4 replies · 528+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 13 July 2009 | Jillian Keenan
    Gun sales in Sacramento County have grown more than in any other populous county in California since November, according to the state attorney general's office. From November 2008 to May 2009, gun dealers in Sacramento County sold nearly 5,000 more guns than they did in the same period last year, an increase of 40 percent, statistics from the state Bureau of Firearms show. The state increase in gun sales averaged 32 percent. Sacramento County gun owners, advocates and store owners largely attribute the boom to fear. Initially, they said, buyers were concerned that the Obama administration would support further gun...
  • Four Reasons Why Gun Sales Are Up

    07/09/2009 12:17:16 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 91 replies · 4,536+ views
    Tactical Life ^ | July 6, 2009 | Scott Wagner
    The fear on the street is palpable. Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President of these United States in November 2008, coupled with the election of a democrat party majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, concern for the United States and personal safety has ignited like a fire in dry grass. Sales of guns – black guns, rifles, shotguns and handguns (particularly 9mm) everywhere, have gone through the roof. AR15s have literally flown off of dealer shelves, and only now in the spring of 2009, have I seen the display samples of ARs begin to reappear...
  • Gun sales surge in Brockton region and nationally

    03/24/2009 11:10:50 AM PDT · by Radix · 14 replies · 1,258+ views
    Brockton Enterprise ^ | 24 March 2009 | Enterprise staff
    BOSTON — Handgun sales went up 46 percent at Smith & Wesson. FBI background checks required for gun purchases spiked. Local firearms safety courses are booked solid. Businesses and groups that deal with prospective gun owners say more people have been buying firearms in recent months. But the reasons why vary, from fear that the Obama administration will expand gun controls to anxiety about crime and the slumping economy. “It’s fear, anxiety and ‘get ’em while you can,’” said Peter Tache, owner of M&M Plimoth Bay Outfitters in Plymouth, where AR-15s and other military-pattern semiautomatic rifles, once heavily restricted as...
  • Election spurs sales of guns, ammo (Nov. 8th biggest day since 1954 for one gun shop!)

    11/24/2008 12:14:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 3,393+ views
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | November 23, 2008 | Mark L. Johnson
    DAYTONA BEACH -- The owners of Buck's Gun Rack say they didn't vote for Barack Obama, but the president-elect sure has been good for business. Assault-style rifles, personal protection handguns, shotguns and ammunition -- business was up by as much as 400 percent after the election, exceeding records that followed Sept. 11 and preceded the Y2K scare of 2000. "Sales have gone through the roof," Forrest Buckwald said, attributing the boost to a belief that Obama would support gun control measures. "People were talking about Obama before the election," said Buckwald's brother and co-owner, Scott. "The Saturday after the election...
  • Anecdotal Evidence of Extremely High Gun Sales

    11/18/2008 10:30:09 PM PST · by ikka · 67 replies · 2,515+ views
    Classic Arms Website ^ | November 18, 2008 | Classic Arms
    TODAY IS TUESDAY 11/18/2008 THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT THINGS GOING ON IN THE INDUSTRY. I KNOW THE FOLLOWING IS WORDY BUT READING IT MAY HELP YOU DECIDE WHETHER TO BUY NOW. OKAY - HERE IS THE DEAL LAST WEEK WE SOLD OUT VIRTUALLY TO THE BARE WALLS. WE HAD A TON OF INVENTORY LAID IN AND STOCKPILED IN ANTICIPATION OF THE PANIC BUYING THAT WOULD BE CREATED BY THE ELECTION. IT SIMPLY WAS NOT ENOUGH. IF IT SHOOTS OR HOLDS ROUNDS OF AMMO IT PRETTY MUCH LEFT HERE LAST WEEK. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. AROUND WEDNESDAY OF...
  • Gun sales booming: Local rush to accumulate arms triggered by potential for limits

    11/19/2008 12:02:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 1,572+ views
    The Marietta Times / The Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2008 | Brad Bauer
    Until recently Justin Antill only owned a few guns that had been passed down to him from family members. Fueled by fears that gun rights could be reduced when President-elect Barack Obama takes office, Antill and millions of other Americans are stocking up on firearms, ammunition and accessories. Antill, 23, has purchased two guns within the past few weeks. He anticipates buying more. "I hadn't planned on spending that kind of money, but I'm concerned I may not be able to buy what I want down the road," Antill said. "I think they're really going to crack down on guns...
  • Firearm sales shoot up as gun owners worry about Barack Obama administration (Poll to FReep also)

    11/17/2008 11:49:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies · 1,674+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 17, 2008 | ALISON GENDAR and CORKY SIEMASZKO
    From sea to shining sea, the election of Barack Obama has sparked a run on guns by firearm fans who fear stiffer rules are on the way. During election week, the FBI did 374,510 background checks on prospective gun owners, compared with 251,804 in the same week last year. Last month, the G-men did checks on 285,894 people buying handguns, compared with 223,141 in Oct. 2007. "It is a significant jump," Special Agent Jason Pack said. Obama has vowed to protect gun ownership rights, but as an Illinois state lawmaker, he supported a ban on all forms of semiautomatic weapons...
  • Around here, gun sales are shooting up

    11/17/2008 9:40:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1,556+ views
    The Elkhart Truth ^ | November 18, 2008 | Tom Lange
    MISHAWAKA -- Black Friday came early at Midwest Gun Exchange. At 1:45 p.m. last Friday, 15 minutes before the doors to Midwest's new store opened, the store's parking lot was almost full. Cars streamed in. A line was formed in front of the doors as a light mist fell. By 2 p.m. there were at least two dozen people waiting to be the first ones in. The scene wasn't surprising. Local gun store owners have seen gun sales jump recently in the Elkhart County area. In the last few weeks, gun owners -- first-time buyers and long-time buyers -- have...
  • Wisconsin gun sales skyrocket after Obama elected

    11/16/2008 1:44:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies · 3,382+ views
    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....
  • Going for the guns: Consumers aren’t taking chances on 2nd Amendment rights

    11/10/2008 11:21:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 712+ views
    The St. Joseph News-Press ^ | November 11, 2008 | Jennifer Hall
    Gun enthusiasts are stocking up on firearms out of fears that a Democrat-led administration will result in tougher gun control. Last month, as polls showed a Barack Obama lead, background checks for gun purchases jumped by 108,000 compared with October 2007 — a 15 percent increase — according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Gun sales as of Oct. 26 were up 8 percent for the year. Jerry Sharr said gun and ammunition sales have increased significantly since October. “It’s usually been hunters and homeowners,” said Mr. Sharr, owner of Jerry’s Guns & Shooting Range in Maryville, Mo. The variety...
  • Obama win triggers run on guns in many stores

    11/09/2008 4:08:18 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 76 replies · 664+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 8, 2008 | Tim Gaynor
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Sales of rifles, pistols and ammo are surging in parts of the United States, as many gun owners fear President-elect Barack Obama's administration may seek to tighten ownership of certain weapons. "The day after the election, I had many more calls than usual from people looking for semi-automatic rifles," said David Greenberg, the owner of the Second Amendment Family Gun Shop, in Bisbee, Arizona, who sold out of AR-15 rifles in recent days. "There seems to be a fear they will be banned, and it's fairly likely," he added. "Obama and Biden are driven to eliminate firearms...
  • Gun sales up following Obama's election

    11/08/2008 12:05:17 AM PST · by Marie · 30 replies · 4,183+ views
    NBC25 ^ | 11-7-08 | Elizabeth MacFarland
    BAY COUNTY -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says gun sales have tripled since the election of Barack Obama because people fear Obama will tighten gun restrictions. Michigan gun shop owner Glenn Duncan says he's seen a sales spike too, "in the last two weeks, the owner of Duncan's Outdoor Shop in Bay City says sales have doubled. They're (buyers) worried if they don't buy them not they won't be able to get them." Senator Barack Obama does support a ban on carrying concealed weapons and a ban on assault weapons. Duncan tells NBC25 that scares hunters...
  • Handgun Sales Booming, Dealer Says

    01/03/2006 8:39:43 PM PST · by epow · 19 replies · 766+ views
    CBC News, Saskatchewan ^ | 12/29/05 | Staff Writer
    Handgun sales booming, dealer says Last Updated Dec 29 2005 08:12 AM CST CBC News Liberal Leader Paul Martin may have inadvertently become the best salesperson around for gun dealers in Saskatchewan. Earlier this month, Martin announced a $650-million law-and-order plan that would put new restrictions on handgun owners. Some collectors might be required to disable their handguns or surrender them to police. Under the plan, only law enforcement officers and a small number of target shooters would be able to own handguns. Now, some gun store owners in Saskatchewan say Martin's announcement has boosted business. One theory is that...
  • House to Vote Soon On Granting FBI Unlimited Access To Gun Sales Records

    11/17/2005 5:18:16 PM PST · by Coral Snake · 15 replies · 1,256+ views
    gunowners.org ^ | 11-17-2005 | Gun Owners of America
    http://www.gunowners.org/a111705.htm URGENT!!! URGENT!!! -- House to Vote Soon On Granting FBI Unlimited Access To Gun Sales Records Gun Owners of America 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 (703)321-8585 Thursday, November 17, 2005 Registration leads to confiscation. We all know that, and that is why GOA has vehemently opposed all attempts by government forces to compile or retain information pertaining to lawful firearms purchases. But in the name of fighting terrorism, the United States Congress is getting ready to trample on the rights of law-abiding Americans, no matter what the Constitution (and current law) happens to say. The House...
  • Gun law may be altered

    01/16/2004 9:45:11 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 139+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 16, 2004 | Peggy Lowe
    Under bill, checks would be run only in actual arms sales Amendment 22, the law that closed the so-called gun-show loophole to require background checks on gun buyers, could be altered for the first time by the Colorado legislature. On Thursday, a House committee took the initial step toward changing the voter-passed law, approving a bill requiring gun sellers to run background checks only when there's a sale, not when there's an "attempted" sale. The wording in the bill is subtle, but anti-gun advocates say it would make profound changes by allowing sales transactions started at a gun show to...
  • Silence swayed arbitrator(Cops sell guns illegally)

    07/01/2002 10:36:37 AM PDT · by 45Auto · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 30 June 2002 | Michael G. Mooney
    <p>Eight former and current Modesto police officers refused to testify during a hearing for a central figure in the Police Department's gun-sale scandal of the late 1990s, according to a court document.</p> <p>Their silence played a critical role in an arbitrator's April 30 decision ordering Carol Mosconi reinstated as the department's records manager.</p>
  • Pittsburgh bans gun sales in some neighborhoods

    06/12/2002 10:01:48 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 28 replies · 483+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 12, 2002 | Timothy McNulty
    Pittsburgh City Council approved zoning changes this morning to prohibit gun sales in some city neighborhoods. Council voted 6-1 with two abstentions to disallow gun sales in all so-called "local neighborhood commercial" districts, including Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill, Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield, Carson Street in the South Side, portions of Wylie Avenue in the Hill District and many other smaller business districts citywide. Licensed gun dealers would still be allowed to locate in several other industrially zoned districts, including Downtown, riverfront districts in the North Side and the Strip District, Penn Avenue in Larimer, the Route 51 corridor and...
  • Area gun sales rose along with Sept. 11 fears

    03/21/2002 8:04:39 AM PST · by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig · 10 replies · 301+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Thursday, March 21, 2002 | LEWIS KAMB
    Area gun sales rose along with Sept. 11 fears Thursday, March 21, 2002 By LEWIS KAMB SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER Seattle residents aren't rushing to take up arms as they did following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, though Washingtonians are still packing on the heat. In the aftermath of last year's terrorist attacks, Puget Sound-area residents armed themselves at a feverish rate, as local police officials and gun shop owners blamed fear and apprehension for soaring concealed weapon permit applications and a surge in gun sales. The local phenomenon mirrored the national trend as Americans looked for personal protection in unsettling...