Article courtesy of Houston Chronicle
Owners of some Houston gun shops say they have noticed an increase of gun sales since President Barack Obama’s re-election, and attribute the rush to the president’s reference in a debate to renewing an assault rifle ban.
Jim and Joy Pruett, who have run Jim Pruett’s Guns and Ammo for 11 years, said sales have gone “through the roof” since Election Day. “We haven’t been able to keep up with it,” Pruett said. “It’s beyond our wildest imagination.”
Matthew Swan, a firearms associate at Gander Mountain on Hempstead Road, said he’s also noticed an uptick in gun sales and ammunition since Obama’s re-election.
“People come in here with opinions,” Swan said. “There are people coming in that have never even been interested in firearms.”
Several other Houston area gun stores refused to comment, noting store policies against speaking with the media.
Similar stories emerged in cities across the country, with stores attributing higher sales to fears of stricter gun laws passing in Obama’s second term.