Presidential election spawns a surge in gun and ammo sales

By Don Culpepper - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Owner of Dads Super Pawn, Kevin Riley, was already doing a good business during the economic downturn. But gun sales have only made those good time better.

"The political climate is definitely generating a lot of gun sales," says Riley. "They all believe right now that Obama is going to change the gun laws in some fashion or tax ammunition. But we're getting the Obama supporters in here buying the guns and ammo, too. They're walking in with the Obama button and buying guns and ammo. So it's not just one faction; it's both sides of the fence. They all think this is coming."

Bay Springs resident Mike King is one of those Obama supporters. He's not too worried about losing his second amendment rights, but he's hedging his bets against paying more later.

"I don't think so," says King. "I think the laws are not going to change. I think it's a scare tactic more than anything. I think it will be the same."

The Coast Rifle and Pistol Club is also seeing evidence of the political uncertainty created by the Democrats resurgence.

"We're just over a thousand members," says Club President Randy Brownlee. "It's growing every week. We probably would average 8 to 10 people a week that are joining our club."

Brownlee says their planned half million dollars expansion is coincidentally coming at the perfect time.

"With all of the threats and everything with the new administration and a lot of uncertainty with the gun control laws, we feel like our expansion is coming right on time."

And he, like others we talked to, say uncertainty is proving to be good business.

Everyone WLOX talked to for this story urged people, especially new gun owners, to use extreme caution and seek professional training when handling fire arms.