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Gun sales boom as election looms

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Gun sales nationwide are through the roof and some speculate the looming election may be to blame.

Sharpshooters Inc. in Lubbock says they often see an increase in gun sales come election season, but it's never been this drastic. They estimate a 40 percent increase in their sales recently.

Last year, the FBI received over 16 million background check inquiries for potential gun buyers. Texas accounted for one million of these requests over each of the past four years. Texas came second only to Kentucky, which had nearly double the amount of requests.

J.D. Clay is a salesman at Sharpshooters. He says a lot of customers come in because they're concerned about the future of their second amendment rights if Obama is elected again.

"Now that it's election season again, you have people uncertain… You have a customer or two coming in and saying that they're buying because they're afraid they won't be able to get it soon," Clay said.

Clay said that if Obama were to pass legislation banning some types of firearms that it wouldn't be the first time. In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a bill that banned certain assault weapons, but it expired ten years later. Months after he signed that bill, voters went to the polls and both the House and the Senate flipped control from Democratic to Republican.

Lubbock County Democratic Party Chair Pam Brink was shocked to hear people were trying to correlate the two. She said Americans love their guns and that this was totally out of the blue.

"President Obama has not changed his gun policy in the four years he's been in office. In fact, he's been generous," Brink said.

Brink believes that the boom in gun sales shows that the economy has improved. She says now that people have more cash in their pockets, they're going out to purchase the things they love.

Although Sharpshooters is enjoying the business increase, they don't believe this is a huge issue and they're not worried they'll have to put down their guns anytime soon.

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