Melissa M. Scallan
Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Tuesday, Dec 30, 2008
BILOXI — The Saturday after Barack Obama was elected president, people jammed Cook’s Gun Shop in Biloxi, eager to purchase the guns they believe might be off limits beginning next year.
Manager Michael Creel said sales began to increase last year, but they really ramped up after the election. “It started about a year ago when the election started to heat up,” he said. “People were afraid that if the Democrats won, they would institute more control on guns. It kept building, and the Saturday after the election it was pandemonium in here.”
Gun shop owners and managers throughout south Mississippi are reporting similar trends, which also are reflected across the country.
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The FBI reported earlier this month that in November it completed more than 1.5 million background checks, a 41.6 percent increase over November 2007. When Bill Clinton was president, he signed a 10-year ban on assault weapons in 1994, but when it expired, President Bush did not reactivate it. Many gun owners are afraid that ban will be put into effect again once Obama takes office next month.
Kevin Riley, owner of Dad’s Super Pawn in Gulfport, said gun sales began picking up about a month before the election. He said ammunition sales also have increased. “We’re selling ammunition by the case where we used to sell it by the box.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 5:39 am