Gun Sales Up after Obama Win

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Obama's election is fueling a boom in gun sales.

It seems many Americans fear obama and the Democrat-dominated congress will soon start cracking down on gun rights.

Even though President-Elect Barack Obama says he respects the right to bear arms, some folks are worried he could turn into, as the National Rifle Association puts it: "the most antigun president in history."

"The president elect has… voted anti-gun in the past," said Arms Show owner Joe Wanenmacher.

And that's sending Americans scrambling to gun shows and gun shops in record numbers unseen since Bill Clinton was elected President.

"I would sort of suspect that the new President elect may have surpassed Mr. Clinton by generating even more gun sales than before," said gun shop owner Mack Woods.

And sales have skyrocketed.

"First four days of this month we matched November of last year," said gun shop owner Rodney Eschberger. "September was probably the biggest month I've had in 22 years."

Background checks for gun buyers in October were up 15 percent over October last year.

Some gun shops had to have extra employees come in because of the crush on Election Day.

They're having to hound suppliers to send them more assault rifles, ammo and hand guns.

Customers are afraid Democrats will vote to get rid of or restrict all of these.

"I think they are going to try and pass the laws to limit what you can own in the way of a firearm," said gun owner Robert Dodgen.

Folks at a gun show in Oklahoma were expressing the same fears.

"It's the fear that he will outlaw stuff," said Kansas City resident Donovan Sheer.

Gun owner Kim Henningson agrees.

"People are very afraid of that. Especially people in the Midwest…. that's what we're about. Cowboys and Indians... II just want to be able to protect myself you know and I don't want that right taken away," Henningson said.

One Fort Worth gun store sold more than a $100,000 worth of guns and ammo the day after the election, by far surpassing its previous single-day sales record.

Gun shop workers are happy for the success now, because they're not sure their stores will even survive what they fear is coming.

"With our 2nd Amendment rights in jeopardy we may be out of business someday soon" said Eschberger.

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