Gun sales are booming across Texas, and some buyers say their growing belief that President Barack Obama will inevitably be re-elected is fueling their race to bear more arms.
And sales haven’t just risen in Texas. There’s been a rush nationwide, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ( ) reported in Sunday’s edition.
The Cheaper than Dirt gun store in Fort Worth set a sales record for February, said store owner DeWayne Irwin, who described the rush as similar to one seen shortly after Obama’s 2008 election.
“We’re at the top of the roller coaster, and we’re about to plummet down the side,” Irwin told the Star-Telegram. “It’s fixing to happen again. I don’t know if it will be to the same extent it was before, but I see it coming.”
Alan Korwin, author of nine books on gun laws and operator of a gun laws website, said people are worried that Obama’s re-election would embolden a major gun control push.
“I’m constantly getting questions from people in the community about this,” Korwin told the newspaper. “People are concerned that if Obama wins, as a lame duck, he will go after firearms in a way we have never seen before.
“We saw a fire sale when he was elected last time. But the speculation is that now … with his need to get re-elected gone, the sky is the limit on attacking the Second Amendment (right to bear arms).”
FBI records show the bureau in 2011 received more than 16.3 million inquiries from firearms sellers running criminal background checks on potential buyers, compared to 12.7 million in 2008. Texas had around 1 million such requests in each of the past four years, ranking second to Kentucky’s total nearly doubling that, the FBI records show.
John Woods, a University of Texas graduate student whose girlfriend died in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting rampage that left 33 dead, has lobbied for legislation to keep guns off campuses. He doesn’t believe the fears that are sparking the gun sales have any basis.