Obama re-election fear

Obama re-election triggers surge in gun sales

by Erich Schwartzel / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  |  published on November 24, 2012

It came as no surprise when exit polls Nov. 6 found a majority of American voters had the economy on their minds when they voted in the presidential election.

But a different kind of exit poll was taken the next morning in the parking lot of Ace Sporting Goods in Washington, Pa., where owner George Romanoff noticed three times as many cars waiting for the doors to open at 10 a.m.

“There was a run on ammunition and semi-automatic rifles, and handguns for self-protection,” he said.

Bullets used in Colt AR15’s and other semi-automatic rifles have been tough to keep in stock, and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

Gun retailers large and small anticipated an uptick in business if President Barack Obama won a second term, and — breaking news — he did. Election uncertainty can always fuel gun sales, but the prospect of a second Democratic term had some enthusiasts worried about — and Republicans running against — stricter gun control laws.

The number of background check conducted in Pennsylvania has increased every month so far this year when compared to last year’s figures, and the presidential election is only one factor expected to keep the trend continuing through the end of the year. The start of deer hunting season Monday will have hundreds of thousands of hunters taking to the tree stand — just in time to take advantage of the door-buster Black Friday sales in the gun market.

In the first 10 months of the year, the state saw more than 735,000 background examinations, or the fifth-highest amount of any state in the country.

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