How Presidential Elections Impact Local Gun Sales
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Guns and politics...it's an issue that may be on the back burner compared to healthcare and the economy. But what about the presidential election?
"The nation saw record numbers of firearms being sold," says Ryan Horsley, Red's Trading Post.
Right after President Obama was elected in 2008, Horsley remembers a surge of customers buying guns and ammunition.
Horsley adds, "we were getting in a flood of firearms, just cases and cases and as soon as were getting them in, they were going right back out of door. Online sales were huge. I remember looking at my i–Phone constantly sending our shipments."
If President Obama is re–elected, Professor Russ Tremayne of the College of Southern Idaho anticipates a possible repeat.
"i suspect 70% of idaho population will vote for Mitt Romney and the thought of Mr. Obama getting a second term with the consequences for stricter gun control will again lead people to go get their guns while they can and stock up on ammunition."
But so far in the president's first term, Tremayne has yet to see gun control take center stage.
"Tt's not at the top of the priority list."
"If we're going to see anything from a president, generally big decisions are going to come in the second term," says Horsley.
John Chapman of LMS Defense says for the shooting community, it's also perception of the parties' beliefs.
Chapman adds, "the public perception at least in our community, the shooting community is that the current administration is not supportive of the second amendment at all and they are waiting for the right political climate to ban certain firearms."
Bearing arms..a right for American citizens..a business venture for gun shops nationwide.
Ryan Horsley also adds he sees an uptick in the number of people taking training courses and womens' interest in firearms.