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Gun shops expect more business with Obama win

Nov 2, 2012 - The Associated Press

CASPER -- One of the nation's best gun marketers, according to Wyoming retailers, lives on the East Coast in a huge house.

"Obama was the best gun salesmen we've had," said Irvin Walker, owner of Triggers Gun Shop in Mills. "That could very well happen again (Nov. 6)."

In fiercely independent, outdoors-loving Wyoming, a President Barack Obama re-election could bring a windfall to gun shop owners.

Additionally, the state's number of concealed-firearm permits through September of this year is higher than in previous years despite a new law allowing carrying without a permit. And the number is expected to only increase.

After the election, gun owners could walk into shops to find ammunition shortages and soaring assault rifle prices.

That's what happened in late 2007 and '08, after the Democratic president was elected.

"People are definitely scared of a president who has voted when he was a senator against guns," said Anthony Bouchard, director of the Wyoming Gun Owners Association in Cheyenne. "(If Obama gets re-elected) he's in a lame-duck session and he can do the things he wants to do. That's what we're afraid of."

During the 2008 election, gun enthusiasts across the nation stocked up on weapons and ammunition, convinced Obama would restrict them.

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