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Gun Sales May Soar If Obama Wins Reelection: Report

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President Obama and the Democrats won't be the only big winners if he's reelected in November.

Gun retailers and manufacturers are expecting a significant rise in gun sales if the president remains in the White House for a second term, The Wall Street Journal reports.

That's because some perceive the Obama administration to be a threat to gun rights, although the WSJ notes that "there haven't been any substantial changes to gun-control laws under Mr. Obama."

Gun sales increased sharply following Obama's election in 2008. Between November 3 and 9 -- the week Obama was elected -- the FBI had a more than 48 percent increase in requests for background checks for gun purchases than it received during the same period the previous year, CNN reported at the time.

"I think there's going to be an attack to some degree on the gun owners," Lloyd Clement, a gun owner from New Hampshire, told CNN in 2008.

But, according to the Associated Press, Obama "[h]as not pushed for gun control measures as president" and has signed legislation increasing the number of places -- namely, Amtrak trains and national parks -- where people can have concealed weapons.

The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence actually gave the president an "F" grade in 2010.

For his part, Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, says on his website that he "strongly supports the right of all law-abiding Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to own firearms and to use them for lawful purposes, including hunting, recreational shooting, self-defense, and the protection of family and property."

This isn't the first time that the president has been linked to an increase in firearm sales. In February, Ammo.net, an online ammunition retailer, called President Obama the "greatest gun salesman in America."

"President Obama's perceived hostility towards gun owners has been one of the key factors behind the multi-year financial boom the firearms industry continues to enjoy," Ammo.net wrote on its website at the time.

The WSJ has detailed figures from gun manufacturers and spoke to the NRA about why a second Obama term could be different than a first, so click over to the WSJ to read more.

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