Johnny get your gun but you better hurry, because supplies are becoming limited. Not by the government, but by the laws of supply and demand.
Since President Obama was re-elected, gun sales have risen. This actually started before the election.
In October alone, the FBI reported an 18% increase in back ground checks done before hand gun purchases. The official numbers for November aren't out yet but, gun shops across the country are claiming big jumps in sales.
At Classic Arms in Cordova, Jay Hill told me he can't keep inventory. Guns, especially semi-automatic hand guns and sporting rifles are flying off the shelves. And ammunition is becoming even more scarce. "Well, after the election, I knew it was going to be busy. We got on the cell phones early that morning from the house and started ordering ammo," says Hill. "I mean, we've been busy for the last 3 years. Sales have ticked up. And it's not just here. It's any gun store you go to. Since the election, yes. It's up 30 to 40 percent. We can't get stuff. I've got people wanting 10 of this, or 10 of that. I can't get 10. I can only get 1. So it's hard on us trying to satisfy the customer needs right now."
But there may be more at play here than just Democrat-induced paranoia.
President Obama has said recently that he would like to see the renewal of the assault weapons ban. He's also a proponent of a new arms trade treaty by the united nations to control illegal international gun trade. This Treaty, according to the Obama Administration, is not an attempt to take guns away from citizens but, is only meant to close the gaps in international trade that allow illegal guns to flow back and forth across borders.
Misinformation to the contrary is another factor driving sales but Jay Hill told me he can't imagine the day when Americans would allow the UN to meddle in the business of the United States to the degree that would take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens. "I don't think it's going to happen because there will be civil unrest if there is."