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Posted: 3/28/2009 9:53:47 AM EDT


This article was email to me by VCDL, seems like an awful lot of folks are gathering their pitchforks.




We're afraid and armed WEAPONS PURCHASES ON RISE

Business is booming at gun shops

BY CHELYEN DAVIS

Date published: 3/28/2009


President Barack Obama has stimulated at least one part of the
economy: gun sales.

Fears that he and Democratic congressional leaders will outlaw or
restrict guns and ammunition, along with worries about the economy,
have helped spur a hefty increase in sales of guns and ammunition.

Sturm, Ruger and Co. reported a $48 million backlog in orders as of
Dec. 31, and a 42 percent increase in sales in 2008.

Smith and Wesson earlier this month reported a 45 percent increase in
handgun sales.

The Virginia State Police, which tracks each request for a background
check––required for each gun purchase––reported a 19 percent increase
in 2008, including a 60 percent increase in November over the previous
November.

The usual year-to-year increase is about 3 percent.

And Georgia Arms, a large ammunition-sales company, posted on its Web
site that it has a "huge increase in demand" and that shipping times
are five to seven weeks behind.

"Obama's been the best gun salesman," said Anthony Ball, owner of B&B
Pawn Inc. in Fredericksburg. "Everybody's scared to death he's going
to take away their guns."

A whole wall of Ball's store is lined with racks of rifles, shotguns
and a few assault rifles. Cases are full of handguns, and Ball says
guns are a big seller in his store.

While most of his stock is used guns, he says it's nearly impossible
to get new guns or ammunition from suppliers. And when you can find
new guns, prices are way up.

At The Range, a shooting range in Stafford County, it's the same story.

"I'm still waiting on guns I ordered back in December," said Paul
Vincent. "It's hard to find ammo, it's hard to find the gun you want."

The Range doesn't sell a lot of handguns. It's more of a shooting
range, but Vincent said interest in all of the Range's services has
increased in the past few months.

The classes he offers––a basic how-to-shoot class for beginners, and
the class required to get a concealed carry permit––have seen
participation quadruple.

"Normally I just schedule one here and there," Vincent said. "Now it's
every week."

Vincent said there's a surge in gun sales any time a Democrat gets
elected president. People get paranoid, he said.

"We saw this during both of Clinton's elections. And Y2K," Vincent said.

Philip Van Cleave, of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said he's
definitely seen an increase in every aspect of the firearms
business––gun sales, ammo sales and attendance at gun shows, where
guns, ammunition and other items are sold.

"People have waited hours to get into a gun show," Van Cleave said.
"Normally you'd be able to get in in a few minutes or just walk in."

A normal gun show in Northern Virginia, he said, would see 7,000 or
8,000 people. The last one had 17,000.

Interest in Van Cleave's organization has gone up as well––his
8,000-strong e-mail list is now at 11,000 and climbing.

Like Vincent and Ball, Van Cleave credits fears about possible
restrictions on guns for spurring the interest in them, but he calls
that one part of "the perfect storm, a series of things coming
together."

One of the other things is fear about the economy.

People worry the economy might actually collapse.

Van Cleave said people think that would lead to civil unrest, and that
they should have a gun in case they'd have to defend themselves and
their homes.

Some people are also worried there will be another terrorist
attack––one that could put government services, like police, out of
commission.

It has all contributed to an uptick in sales that Van Cleave says
started back around October and "went crazy in December."

The greater demand for guns and ammunition leads, of course, to less
supply, but less supply also leads to greater demand. People get
worried they won't be able to buy something later, and so they buy
more of it now.

"It's a good problem" for those who sell guns and ammunition, Ball
said. "I've got people coming in that I've never seen before. People
buy a lot out of fear."

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 10:33:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 1:58:59 PM EDT by kcobean]

It's not 'pitchfork gathering". I'd bet half or more of all the panic buying is existing gun owners adding to their collections, and the majority of the other half is people buying for self-defense (i.e. handgun or home-defense). The concept of a pitchfork in this country is largely dead.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 11:17:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By kcobean:

It's not 'pitchfork gathering". I'd bet half or more of all the panic buying is existing gun owners adding to their collections, and the majority of the other half is people buying for self-defense (i.e. handgun or home-defense). The concept of a pitchfork in this country is largely dead.


Seriously, was it necessary to quote that entire article?

One of my pet peeves
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:53:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 1:59:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/28/2009 2:01:00 PM EDT by kcobean]
Originally Posted By MaverickH1:
Seriously, was it necessary to quote that entire article?

One of my pet peeves


I don't know what you're talking about.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 2:00:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
I'll add that the recent Basic Pistol Classes I've been helping with, the vast majority of students have been 50+ and at least 50% have been women. This seems to be a telling sign of the times.


That's great, actually. I wonder if it's out of fear or anger that they have decided to get armed and educated?

Link Posted: 3/28/2009 2:05:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By kcobean:
Originally Posted By MaverickH1:
Seriously, was it necessary to quote that entire article?

One of my pet peeves


I don't know what you're talking about.


Thank you for changing it!
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 7:29:29 PM EDT
From above: "The classes he offers––a basic how-to-shoot class for beginners, and the class required to get a concealed carry permit––have seen
participation quadruple."

Gee: armed citizens - scary. Unless you consider: that is exactly what our founding fathers intended in drafting the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. "A government that fears its own citizens is a government to be feared."

Funny: the D.C. "government" caused Heller by eliminating a key constitutional right because: they simple did not get it. And yet, they have the gall to require "taxation without representation" on every D.C plate. Amazing.
Link Posted: 3/28/2009 7:36:49 PM EDT
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