Obama, Gun Salesman of the Year

My brother in Georgia called to tell me about the rumor that Obama’s stimulus bill will include a 500% tax on ammunition. The only news item I could find that mentioned this was a story out of South Bend, Indiana:

“People are getting ready for the inevitable,” said Leonard Grummell. “They realize that Barack Obama has the ability to sway legislation.” . . .
“With a Democratic majority in the House and Senate, it’s a real possibility and probability people would be unable to purchase several types of firearms or ammunition,” said Grummell. . . .
“Obama has stated publicly that he will ban firearms, collect firearms, tax firearm ammunition over 500 percent,” said Grummell.

Grummell is owner of Len’s Gun Shop in South Bend. And while this was the only solid news item mentioning the 500% tax angle, if you’ll Google a bit, you can see that the idea turns up on various Web forums. Is there any factual basis? Unknown.

However, there is abundant evidence that gun owners are stocking up in anticipation of draconian regulatory action by Obama and the Democratic Congress. Gannett News Service:

Even without his economic stimulus plan, President-elect Barack Obama has already helped one segment of the economy: the gun business. . . .
Nationally, the FBI reported completing more than 1.5 million background checks for gun purchases in November, a 41.6 percent increase over November 2007, when the agency performed just over 1 million background checks.
People are snapping up rifles, handguns and ammunition and applying for more concealed-weapons permits, which allow people to legally carry a loaded firearm in most places.
“We can’t even keep [guns] in stock,” said John Massa, owner of pawnshops in Brevard County, Fla. “They’re trying to get them before they put the squeeze on.”

Outdoor Wire columnist Jim Shepherd:

In recognition of the unprece­dented demand for firearms by nervous consumers, The Outdoor Wire has named President-elect Barack Obama its “Gun Salesman of the Year”. For me, it was a simple fact of recognizing that without President-elect Obama’s frightening consumers into action, the firearms industry might be suffering the same sort of business slumps that have befallen the automotive and housing industries. . . .
Manufacturers are months behind on orders for semi-automatic pistols, AR-style rifles, and anything with so-called ‘high-capacity’ magazines, buyers we’ve surveyed across the country seem to have a single explanation for their rush to purchase firearms — Obama.

Hats off to the Cold Dead Fingers Coalition, helping to keep the economy strong!

UPDATE: Linked at Conservative Grapevine.

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