July 29, 2008
Gun sales up in Texas
Well, it seems like some Texans -- anticipating the prospect of an Obama presidency -- are stocking up on firearms. According to the Austin American-Statesman:
This summer, sales at McBride's Guns in Austin are 10 percent higher, compared with the same time last year."Our regular client base is very concerned about anti-gun legislation if the wrong people get elected," said Joe McBride, owner of McBride's Guns, adding "what they see as the wrong people."
And here's the view from Clute, TX:
AJC Sports Inc., which is based in Clute and sells firearms at gun shows in Austin, has seen strong sales for more than a year, said Alan Jones, the company's president. About mid-February every year, Jones said, sales drop off until the store gets busier in August, right before hunting season. But in February 2007, sales didn't go down as usual, he said, and sales have increased 60 percent since then.A year ago, Jones said, consumers were worried because they thought Sen. Hillary Clinton would clinch the Democratic nomination, and if elected, might push for stricter gun laws.
Some Texans, however, don't much care for Sen. McCain, either:
Keith Hetz, who sometimes helps a friend sell firearms at the Saxet Gun Show at the Crockett Center, said he worries about new laws limiting how many firearms people can own or how much ammunition they can buy. In the past year, Hetz said he has stocked up on ammunition and bought two handguns and a shotgun.
The Statesman quoted him as saying: "I wouldn't trust McCain to do anything good with America," he said. "I wouldn't trust Obama to, either."
It just goes to show you, the Democrats can in fact be very good for business