Sweating Bullets

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

While so many industries are hurt by the worsening economy, local gun stores seem to be shielded from Wall Street. The bullet aisle is normally filled with all kinds of bullets, but since Election Day, people have been loading on ammo in record amounts.

Sportsman's Warehouse may have restocked today, but most of their shelves still looked bare. Store Manager Mike Brown says after six years of working at the Warehouse, he has never seen such a low amount of bullets.

Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods may have more stock on their shelves, but Tony Taylor says their sales are soaring too. He says, "Gun owners are concerned about the next President. They aren't sure what his new policies might be."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says background checks for potential gun buyers jumped 13% from October 2007 to 2008. Since the November 4th election, however, those numbers have jumped 49%.

Local gun owners don't seem to be waiting what will happen under a new administration, they are stocking up.


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