Nov 11, 2012 12:24 AM by Jacqui Heinrich, email@example.com
They're calling it the "Obama surge"; local gun retailers are seeing a huge hike in sales after President Obama's reelection.
Business owners say people are worried the Democratic administration will tighten gun restrictions-- specifically on assault rifles-- after events like like the Aurora theater shooting and the tepid support for an assault rifle ban the President expressed during the October debates.
"We're going from 8 guns a day, normally 6 to 8 guns a day, to 25," Mel Bernstein, owner of Dragonman Arms told News 5. In October, background checks for potential gun buyers jumped more than 18% nationwide according to the FBI. The hike is evident here in Colorado. "I stocked up, I got a stockpile of these. AK-47's, we're selling these like hot cakes. Luckily I had an idea of what was going on because it happened with Clinton," Bernstein says.
Bernstein is talking about a federal assault weapons ban President Clinton signed back in 1994. Though Obama didn't reenact the ban in his first term, people worry the Aurora shooting and Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin will be cause for reconsideration. "All that gives those kind of people ammunition to make more and more laws," Bernstein says.
Sales spiked when the President was elected for his first term too. Bernstein has been in the business for 31 years; he says he knew what to do. "All last week I tried to order all these guns to replace everything I'm selling. All the distributors are already out of them. Everybody's buying everything, even ammunition is gonna get hard to get."
He says even if the President does nothing, the mere 'what if?' is big enough to jam up the business. "I order thousands and thousands of rounds and normally I order 5, 6, or 7,000 rounds a week because we have a shooting range here. Now I can only get 3,000 rounds because they want the other dealers to have some too. It's already happening, it's a domino effect," Bernstein says.
According to 'The Dragon Man', the biggest rush is yet to come. "I bet it'll go up for 9 months. I bet you 9 months, it'll go up and up and up."
Though President Obama hasn't given any clear support for a Clinton-era ban, people in Colorado aren't willing to wait and see. Under Clinton's assault weapons ban anything that could hold over 10 rounds was restricted. Firearms with a threaded barrel, pistol grip, bayonet, or extended magazine were banned. Bernstein says those are the weapons that are flying off the shelves right now.