Gun sales are soaring in the wake of President Barack Obama’s reelection. Evidence for the beginning of what could be a second Obama gun boom are both anecdotally and empirically visible.
To start with the anecdotal evidence, there’s no shortage of dealers and gun shop owners reporting a spike in sales.
“We’re going from normally six to eight guns a day to 25,” Mel Bernstein, owner of Dragonman Arms in Colorado Springs, Colorado, told KOAA-TV. “I stocked up, I got a stockpile of these AK-47s, we’re selling these like hot cakes. Luckily I had an idea of what was going on because it happened with Clinton.”
Bernstein is referring to the rise in gun sales before the passage of the Clinton-era Assault Weapons Ban, which placed restrictions on firearms with the following features: folding or telescoping stocks, magazine capacity, pistol grips, bayonet mounts, flash suppressors, among others. The ban, as most of us recall, expired in 2004.
“Sales are up,” John Kielbasa, owner of Fernwood Firearms in Hankins, New York, told CNN. “I had a guy waiting here first thing in the morning [after the election]. He came in, bought two AK-47s. It’s going to be good for me for business.”
MORE . . .
- Obama’s Re-election Causes Spike In Gun Sales (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Guns sales soar after re-election… (telegraph.co.uk)
- Americans preparing for a Revolution? If they are smart, they are! (therightofway.net)
- AK-47s Are Flying Off the Shelves (txwclp.org)
Look, it’s no secret, Illinoisans want the same rights that (almost) everyone else has, specifically, the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense outside the home.
Last Tuesday, this fact was made clear when 10 Illinois counties – Adams, Bond, Henry, McDonough, Mercer, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stephenson and Warren – voted on a non-binding, concealed carry referendum.
In all 10 counties, the advisory measure passed by overwhelming majorities, a result that is difficult to ignore, say pro-gun advocates.
“I think the message will be heard,” because some counties that voted on the issue were in more Democrat-leaning northwest parts of the state, Valinda Rowe, the spokeswoman for Illinois Carry, told the Associated Press.
“Hopefully [the Democratic leadership] will see a correlation here that there is widespread support for this issue,” she added.
Though, those who oppose bringing concealed carry to the Land of Lincoln believe that the referendum did little to change the status quo because the majority of the counties that participated were downstate, which has been historically pro-carry.
“They were … from areas that always have been supportive of concealed carry, but were not even on the ballot in counties where they would have had more impact,” Colleen Daley of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence told the AP.
Daley also underscored the fact that the newly elected Democratic lawmakers would vote against a concealed carry bill were one to be introduced in the next legislative cycle, which starts Jan. 9.
MORE . . .
- Concealed Carry Referendum Passes In Ten Illinois Counties (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
- Voters in 10 Illinois counties support concealed carry (jsonline.com)
- Election 2012 Includes Illinois Concealed Carry Referendum (wqad.com)
- Illinois County Aims To Allow Concealed Carry Gun Law (chicago.cbslocal.com)