In Wake of Tragedy, Growing Gun Sales

Owners of large gun shops say that gun debate, politics, and fear drive sales.

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"We have seen a 50 percent increase in sales since the election," he says.

Grice agrees that his store has seen an uptick in sales since Obama's reelection, but the 2008 election had a far greater impact: "We did see a little bump for a short period of time there, but not anywhere near where it was in 2008."

In fact, as U.S. News' Rick Newman reports today, some in the gun industry credited the president's 2008 election for subsequent booming gun sales.

[NEWMAN: Obama May Inadvertently Boost Gun Sales]

The president of Atlantic Guns has not yet responded to requests for comment, but the Silver Spring outlet of the store saw steady business on Monday. Standing outside the store, Davis said that he's going to make sure he is well supplied, because he believes firearms and ammunition will sell fast.

"I make sure I have a few boxes [of ammunition], because the prices are going to go up. Things are flying off the shelves," says Davis. "We don't have the budget for it, but my wife is like, 'Go get what you need.' Everyone's doing it."

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  • Danielle Kurtzleben is a business and economics reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter @titonka or via E-mail at dkurtzleben@usnews.com.