DENTON, TX – Gun sales are at an all-time high across Texas, and a number of buyers believe President Barack Obama’s inevitable re-election is fanning the flames in the current race to purchase more arms.
The number of concealed carry permits in Texas has almost doubled every year since 2006. But the race for firearms isn’t found only in the Lone Star State. Nationwide, more people than ever are buying firearms. In 2011 the FBI received more than 16.3 million inquiries for criminal background checks on potential gun buyers. That’s up from 11.4 million in 2007
Kentucky led the nation for background checks over the last four years with 2 million, followed by Texas with 1 million. This past January marked the 20th consecutive month of increased firearm background checks nationwide.
Brisk sales have created a nationwide shortage of firearms and ammunition, reports the Star-Telegram. The sale of Glock hand guns alone rose 71 percent in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010.
Fort Worth gun shop owner DeWayne Irwin says the rush is similar to the one shortly after the president’s 2008 election. “We’re at the top of the roller coaster and we’re about to plummet down the side,” said Irwin, owner of the Cheaper Than Dirt gun store in north Fort Worth, which set a sales record for the month of February. “It’s fixing to happen again. I don’t know if it will be to the same extent it was before, but I see it coming.”
Irwin attributes the current rise in gun sales to growing concerns Barak Obama will win re-election. “Look who the Republicans are trying to put against Obama,” he said. “It’s the Keystone Kops and people are getting scared. People are terrified he’s going to get re-elected and then he won’t care about getting votes next time. He’ll just pass whatever legislation he wants.”