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Gun Sales Up Even Before Election Day

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - It starts before Steve Hunt even opens the doors most days. The parking lot outside Military Gun Supply in Fort Worth fills up.

Customers are in early looking for shotguns, handguns, and ammunition, in a gun buying binge that carried through the normally slow summer, and has picked up steam in the days before the presidential election.

“We have stored up more on ammunition,” Hunt said. “We’re buying a few more assault weapons, AR-15’s, AK’s, what we can, where we can, try to keep a good stock of what people want.”

The increase in walk-in business alone has helped Military Gun Supply’s retail business match its online business. National outdoor store Cabela’s told the Wall Street Journal this fall it plans for a surge in gun sales if President Obama is reelected.

Emails from on-line stores have been counting down the shipping days until the election. FBI background checks done before gun sales are up 13-percent over last year’s record high. Texas ranks second in the nation for the number of checks done, behind only Kentucky.

Fears that President Obama will pursue an assault rifle ban or an ammunition tax are the primary drivers Hunt believes. It is not solely party dependent though. He’s heard from customers who don’t trust what Republicans in the White House either.

“They’re afraid Republicans may take over,” he said “They’re afraid Romney may do something or they’re afraid of lord knows what.”

An increased popularity in survivalist preparation has also been behind some sales at the store in Fort Worth. The surge in gun sales also happened before President Obama’s election in 2008. The President did not pursue any legislation limiting gun ownership in the years since.

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