Guns blaz­ing since elec­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

Pres­i­dent Obama’s re-elec­tion has sent Amer­i­cans run­ning to the gun stores. Sales of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion are way up in re­ac­tion to Mr. Obama say­ing dur­ing the de­bates he wants to ban ev­ery­thing from “cheap hand­guns” to com­mon hunt­ing ri­fles with scary-look­ing fea­tures.

The two pub­licly traded U.S. gun­mak­ers have seen in­vestors flock to their stock since Nov. 6. Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wes­son are both up over 15 per­cent, while the broader mar­kets were down over the same pe­riod.

Gun deal­ers are see­ing the same rush at their coun­ters. In the past week, gun sales surged 70 per­cent at Sprague Sports in Yuma, Ariz., evenly split be­tween hand­guns and long guns. “Since the elec­tion, it’s been very, very busy — stronger than this same time frame in ’08,” said owner Richard Sprague, who runs the 56-year-old fam­ily busi­ness. “Peo­ple don’t want to wait and see se­lec­tion and avail­abil­ity if there are more gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions.” Gun sales at H & H Shoot­ing Sports Com­plex in Ok­la­homa City, Okla., have risen 105 per­cent in the past week, with hand­guns out­selling long guns 3 to 1. The new guns are be­ing put to use. Miles Hall, founder of the 32-year-old com­pany, said he finds his 55-po­si­tion shoot­ing range is now at ca­pac­ity 30 min­utes af­ter the 9 a.m. open­ing bell.

In­dus­try in­sid­ers ex­pect gun sales to continue to rise based on re­cent pat­terns lead­ing up to the elec­tion. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the Na­tional Shoot­ing Sports Foun­da­tion (NSSF), im­ports in arms and am­mu­ni­tion in­creased 59 per­cent in Septem­ber com­pared to a year ear­lier. NSSF also re­ported gun­re­lated back­ground checks, ad­justed by the or­ga­ni­za­tion to give a more ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of firearms sales, showed an 18 per­cent in­crease in Oc­to­ber over the same month in 2011.

“The in­crease in firearms and am­mu­ni­tion sales as a re­sult of elec­tion re­flects the on­go­ing con­cern among law-abid­ing gun own­ers that this ad­min­is­tra­tion will pur­sue anti-gun poli­cies dur­ing its sec­ond term,” said NSSF gen­eral coun­sel Lawrence Keane. “If past is pro­logue, when we see a push for gun con­trol of­ten comes dur­ing a sec­ond term. For ex­am­ple, the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion in its sec­ond term or­ches­trated a co­or­di­nated at­tack on the firearms in­dus­try and the fun­da­men­tal civil lib­er­ties of law-abid­ing Amer­i­cans pro­tected by the Sec­ond Amend­ment.”

Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein au­thored Pres­i­dent Clin­ton’s gun ban and is ap­par­ently work­ing on a se­quel. The Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat’s le­gal staff re­quested a meet­ing with the Bureau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives the Fri­day be­fore the elec­tion to dis­cuss strength­en­ing gun bans in a sec­ond Obama term. At the gath­er­ing in West Vir­ginia, the gov­ern­ment gun grab­bers dis­cussed ways to re­in­state the so-called “as­sault weapons ban,” ex­pand it to close per­ceived “loop­holes” and pre­vent grand­fa­ther­ing of ex­ist­ing guns.

Mr. Obama has four years in which he is likely to ap­point Supreme Court jus­tices and use the reg­u­la­tory ap­pa­ra­tus at his dis­posal to ful­fill his mis­sion to re­strict firearms, even if Congress doesn’t go along. Amer­i­cans are smart to stock up now.

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