Election drives up local gun sales

Gun sales up

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A picture of President Obama hangs on the walls of the ATP Gunshop & Range in Summerville.

"Obama has been my best salesman over the year -- for the past four years," Owner Arlyn Pendergast says.

Gun sales at the store are on track to be record-breaking, and Pendergast credits the November election for the boost.

He says many of his customers fear President Obama would strengthen gun policies, making it more difficult to purchase a firearm.

"I've been stocking up on ammo for that reason," gun owner Daniel Laliscio says.

The last election year in 2008 brought similar business to the shop.  Of the 5,744 guns sold that year, more than 50% were purchased in September, October, November and December.

Other gun shops in the Charleston area are also noting the additional sales.

"There has been an uptick in traffic," East Coast Guns Store Manager Tim Elmer says.  "A lot of people are just coming in and looking, pricing, doing their research, asking for a lot of information."

Elmer says the store has had difficulty ordering the guns from manufacturers due to demand.

"We're just one of many stores in the local area and you have just a plethora of stores across the country and just a few distributors," he says.

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