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internationalharvester
02-24-2009, 07:27 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In recognition of the unprece*dented demand for firearms by nervous consumers, The Outdoor Wire, the nation’s largest daily electronic news service for the outdoor industry, has named President-elect Barack Obama its “Gun Salesman of the Year”. With the selection, Outdoor Wire publisher Jim Shepherd says it is time the firearms industry recognizes the fact that without President-elect Obama’s frightening consumers into action, the firearms industry might be suffering the same sort of business slumps that have befallen the automotive and housing industries.

“It’s credit where credit is due,” says Shepherd, “Mr. Obama has consistently voted against individual rights to firearms, appointed a re-tread Clinton administration full of gun banners, and made it plain to anti-gun groups that despite what he might say to the contrary, he’s on their side.” That history, along with the unquestioned support of anti-gun organizations, Shepherd says, has spooked consumers into a buying frenzy for firearms that could be outlawed in another Assault Weapons Ban.

“Manufacturers are months behind on orders for semi-automatic pistols, AR-style rifles, and anything with so-called ‘high-capacity magazines’,” Shepherd says, “buyers we’ve surveyed across the country seem to have a single explanation for their rush to purchase firearms – Obama.”

“The buying panic is not limited to people you might be described as aficionados or even ‘gun nuts’. Recently, I was in a gun store when a gentleman came and said he’d never wanted to own a gun before, but wanted to get one while he still could.”

Since the November Presidential election, firearms sales have been at unprecedented levels. For December 2008 the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) recorded a twenty-four percent increase in background checks for 2008 (1,523,426) over December 2007 (1,230,525).

This follows a forty-two percent (42%) increase in November 2008, the highest number of NICS checks in the system’s history. Those FBI background checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. In other words, gun sales have never been better.

Sales are so good that on Tuesday, January 6, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a notice to all federal firearms licensees that “an unprecedented increase in demand for ATF Form 4473” had run supplies low enough that dealers were temporarily given permission to photocopy the form until supplies caught up with demand. Completion of a form 4473 is required whenever a federal firearms licensee sells a fire*arm.*

As a journalist with more than two decades of national newsgathering experience, Shepherd says he’s never seen anything approaching what he calls the “Obama effect”. In fact, Shepherd says, gun and ammunition sales are at such frantic levels that they have surpassed the panic-buying of Y2K or anything during the Clinton years when the first Assault Weapons Ban was passed. This time, he says, concerned consumers are buying guns and ammunition in anticipation of Obama Administration actions to prohibit certain types of firearms.

“In 1999, the fear was that computers would shut down, crippling the world,” Shepherd says, “Those fears were unfounded. I don’t think the fears of an Obama administration banning guns are unfounded. His record speaks for itself. He’s never failed to support an anti-gun measure, despite saying he supports the Second Amendment.”

According to Shepherd, moves to prohibit firearms sales would drastically impact a billion-dollar industry that is not only healthy, but pours more than one hundred fifty million dollars annually into conservation programs through an eleven percent tax collected on guns and ammo.

“The Pittman-Robertson Act provides the vast majority of funding for wildlife agencies at the federal, state and local levels,” says Shepherd, “and that money comes directly from the tax levied against gun owners. Damaging the firearms industry won’t just put workers in the gun business out of work, it will severely impact wildlife and conservation efforts nationally. That damage could take decades to repair – if it can be undone.”

Choosing President-elect Obama as the Gun Salesman of the Year, says Shepherd, is a lot like a good-news, bad-news joke. “His election has driven gun sales into the stratosphere,” Shepherd says, “but his opposition to guns and gun ownership may be the biggest threat the industry has ever faced. If he puts scoring political points with anti-gun groups ahead of economic realities, he will be deliberately putting thousands of people out of work. I don’t see that as an economic stimulus plan with much of a future.”

“Today, however, the facts are indisputable,” Shepherd says, “Barack Obama has spurred gun sales in a time when the entire economy seems to be tanking. If that doesn’t make him the gun salesman of the year – if not the decade – I don’t know what would.”



http://www.ammoland.com/2009/01/14/outdoor-wire-names-obama-gun-salesman-of-the-year/

rockdawg21
02-24-2009, 07:33 PM
Yup, no surprise there. I intend to purchase a pistol very soon due to that fact.

County Mike
02-24-2009, 07:52 PM
I get all my guns from the black market. It's easier, cheaper and less traceable.

rockdawg21
02-24-2009, 07:59 PM
I get all my guns from the black market. It's easier, cheaper and less traceable.
Yeah, the irony of it all will be that everybody is going to get guns on the black market, thus, making it harder to link crimes committed with guns. There won't be any less guns on the street or in people's homes if the gun laws change.

Crisco
02-24-2009, 08:14 PM
War Obama for driving the economy? lol


He has increased gun sales!!!

Jason 16
02-24-2009, 08:28 PM
War Obama for driving the economy? lol


He has increased gun sales!!!

LOL omg :laugh: .....

CAVEMAN
02-24-2009, 08:40 PM
My wife and I were out browsing guns over the weekend. She would like to add to her collection of revolvers and I'm always looking for something new. I definitely should get a BAR. I had a .30-06 rifle of my dads and sold it a several years ago and I'm sort of kicking myself for it now.

I told her we should probably start buying now because we may not have the opportunity later.

rockdawg21
02-24-2009, 08:43 PM
I think that company should send a commemorative plaque to Obama.

TexasRN
02-24-2009, 10:54 PM
I want a pistol.


~Amy

Irish Pride
02-24-2009, 11:15 PM
Becareful... if you criticize a President of the US your thread will get deleted.

VCURamFan
02-25-2009, 12:07 AM
If I had money, I'd be purchasing a hand gun right now.

TexasRN
02-25-2009, 12:09 AM
If I had money, I'd be purchasing a hand gun right now.

Yeah, that's my problem. I don't have the money for that right now. Guess I could ask my mom to buy me one for my birthday. She might even do it. :laugh: I have like the best mom ever. One year for Christmas she bought me a shiny, blue 4way tire tool.


~Amy

VCURamFan
02-25-2009, 12:23 AM
Yeah, that's my problem. I don't have the money for that right now. Guess I could ask my mom to buy me one for my birthday. She might even do it. :laugh: I have like the best mom ever. One year for Christmas she bought me a shiny, blue 4way tire tool.


~AmyHahaha. That's hilarious. Right now, I've got something way more important on my birthday list: money to put towards UFC 98!:punch:

Oddtodd76
02-25-2009, 01:07 AM
I have acquired 8 new guns since Obama has been elected. (nope, he hasn't affected my purchase of guns!) HAHAHAHAHAHA

Neezar
02-25-2009, 02:26 AM
Becareful... if you criticize a President of the US your thread will get deleted.

It would take less time and effort if you just put this in your signature. :)

Neezar
02-25-2009, 02:31 AM
War Obama for driving the economy? lol


He has increased gun sales!!!


:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

NateR
02-25-2009, 03:12 AM
Becareful... if you criticize a President of the US your thread will get deleted.

:rolleyes:

Criticism is fine. Bashing is not.

rearnakedchoke
02-25-2009, 03:26 PM
:rolleyes:

Criticism is fine. Bashing is not.

What is criticism and what is bashing? Is posting threads about policies and calling the prez and idiot criticism or bashing? just need clarification

internationalharvester
02-25-2009, 03:26 PM
Becareful... if you criticize a President of the US your thread will get deleted.


but I am not he really has caused the sale of A LOT of guns, so much in fact you might say that was his first attempt at spurring life back into the economy....i bet the $ numbers would really surprise alot of people

Irish Pride
02-26-2009, 12:05 AM
but I am not he really has caused the sale of A LOT of guns, so much in fact you might say that was his first attempt at spurring life back into the economy....i bet the $ numbers would really surprise alot of people


I'm just making a connection with one of my threads. I posted direct quotes of statements Bush made and my thread was deleted. So, just stating that there's the chance that when you quote these facts, your thread might get deleted. So I think it's a fine line between criticism and bashing, because the statements Bush made in my thread were criticisms of his public speaking and some of his thoughts rather than Bashing him as a human being, more criticisms about the way he ran things and what he said during public speeches. I enjoy the forum and respect its rules.