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Fear of Obama Changing Gun Laws Sparks High Gun Sales in the Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- When President Obama was elected KNDU reported that gun sales went up in the Tri-Cites. Now it's been almost four months since he's been in office and sales in Washington are still very high.

Gun buyers say they're anticipating President Obama to change the current gun laws and not only are the sales up in the Tri-Cities, but also across the entire country.

At Ranch and Home in Kennewick gun sales are higher than they have ever been and they say it's because of a very good salesman.

"Obama's been our best salesman for not just this store but every store in the U.S," said Philip Webb, Sporting Goods at Ranch and Home.

The sporting goods staff say they hear people say this almost everyday, they want to buy a gun before Obama changes the law.

"I think it's just paranoia. Everybody is afraid they're going to loose their rights to buy guns," said Rick Melling, Sporting Goods at Ranch and Home.

The guns selling the most are the military style one's and they cost almost $2,000.

"This is a Colt AR 15. It seems to be one of the more popular rifles that everybody is buying," said Melling.

Customers who already have guns are stocking up on ammo because they fear there will be an added ammo tax.

"We have people in their 70's coming in buying guns for the first time because of that. They're afraid they won't be able to own one again," said Webb

Some people are not using the Obama excuse. They want to buy a gun because as the economy worsens and police budgets are cut they want to be able to defend themselves.
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