Local gun dealers are seeing a spike in sales, which they say could be because of First Friday and the mass shooting in Colorado. (WRDW-TV / July 26, 2012)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
AIKEN, S.C. -- It all centers around fears President Barack Obama will tighten restrictions on gun control. So, once he was declared the winner Tuesday night, many raced to gun stores today.
"This is what everybody's trying to get," said Carolina Outdoors store owner Butch Roberson as he picked up a black semi-automatic rifle.
On a normal day, Roberson usually sells two guns. The day after the election? A whopping 15.
“Two and a half weeks ago, this case down to the end of that case was filled with handguns and the racks on the wall where you see the vacant spaces, they were all filled," said Roberson as he pointed to the empty cases in his store.
He says his cases speak for themselves.
“I think it's all the discussion on gun control. It's been talked about for years and years, and I think anytime you have an election like you did last night, you know you have people that are fearful that certain types of guns are going to be banned," Roberson said.
Semi-automatic guns are some of the kinds people fear will be banned.
“Some people think that four more years might impede on that right to be able to have those type of firearms,” Addison Brown said.
It's a right gun buyer Brown supports wholeheartedly.
“I think some of it might be people are scared. I think that's one of the big reasons. They see where the economy's going, they see where the world economy's going, and a lot of people are starting to have that come to God theory that what's going to happen if it does go down?” he said.
As we've seen in the recent Congressman John Barrow ads, not everyone wants to ban certain guns. In his ad Barrow states, “These are my guns now, and ain't nobody gonna take them away,” but an election always brings up the discussion.
Buying guns might be difficult even without a ban in place because demand is so high.
In 2008, when President Obama was elected the first time, there was even a shortage.
“It's harder for us to get guns to resupply our stock,” Roberson said.
And Roberson says the biggest rush is still to come.
“I expect that trend to continue probably at least until the first of the year and everything we're hearing from our distributors and manufacturers, they're saying the same thing,” Roberson said.
When this happened before, it was called the "Obama surge."
Turns out, the president didn't do anything to crack down on guns, but it looks like a lot of people aren't willing to wait and see what he does this term.