Earlier this month, a small gun shop made national headlines urging shooting sport enthusiasts to stock up during its “pre-Hillary” gun and ammo sale. A growing number of independent and national firearm retailers are following suit in anticipation of an election that could destroy the 2nd Amendment.
On Sunday, national sporting goods chain Gander Mountain announced a huge “Election Sale” on its large selection of firearms and shooting accessories.
The sale comes as gun retailers throughout the nation report a massive uptick in gun-buying spurred by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s promises to decree harsh new firearm regulations if elected.
Some gun and ammo buyers are stocking up in anticipation of shortages and price hikes in the event that Clinton is elected, others are trying to get their hands on weapons that would be made illegal if she were to successfully reinstate her husband’s assault weapons ban.
Prices for guns and ammo spiked after each Obama election.
The average price of an AR-15, for instance, rose to more than $1200 following Obama’s second election. Popular AR-platform rifles are currently selling for an average of around $700.
Ammunition shortages also became a big problem for American sportsmen at the height of the Obama administration’s anti-firearm rhetoric, with popular calibers from .22 to .223 becoming virtually impossible to find in many areas of the country.
Justin Anderson, who heads up marketing for one of the nation’s largest gun stores, Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C., told Washington Examiner that gun sales are currently in “uncharted territory” thanks to uncertainty over the election.
“We’re hearing from a lot of our customers that are concerned, and rightfully so, that their 2nd Amendment rights are going to be infringed by a possible Hillary Clinton presidency. Last month our sales effectively doubled from September of 2015 and we’re trending toward another similar result for this month,” Anderson said.
“We are preparing throughout the store for unprecedented business beginning Nov. 9. We expect continued growth in small framed handguns used for concealed carry,” he added.
Despite Clinton’s repeated claims that she and her Democratic colleagues are only interested in “common sense” gun laws to keep firearms out of the hands of felons and children, leaked emails from her campaign reveal that she supports a level of gun control via executive fiat which was too brazen even for the Obama administration.
If you’re looking to stock up on firearms, accessories and ammo ahead of a possible election-induced rush, here are a few things you may want to pick up now:
Buy ammunition for the firearms that you have or plan to obtain. Ammo in the cheapest and most popular calibers will disappear from shelves and gun shows first in the event of a panic. Remember how tough it was to find .22lr a few years ago? So stock up on .22lr, 9mm, .223, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, 5.56×45, .308, 7.62×39, and so on.
For the best prices on ammo, check out your local independent gun shop or visit a gun show. There are also several websites offering ammo at competitive prices.
It may also be a good idea to begin saving your brass and invest in quality reloading equipment and supplies. Most small local gun shops are glad to help you get started with the right supplies and knowledge to get started reloading. The National Rifle Association also offers valuable resources and training for the skill.
The left constantly talks about its desire to do away with so-called high-capacity magazines, which they usually classify as anything that can hold more than 10 rounds. That means it’s time to stock up on 30-round magazines for rifles and handguns. Once they’re banned, relatively cheap 30-round magazines will skyrocket in price on the private market.
Because of the average gun grabber’s stupid insistence that the look of a firearm has anything to do with its relative deadliness, things like threaded barrels, collapsible stocks, rifle pistol grips could become illegal for sale under a Clinton administration. In addition to those accessories, it’s also probably a good time to pick up things like 80 percent lower receivers if you need them. During the last Clinton gun ban prices for these parts skyrocketed as the manufacture of new ones was prohibited.