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Buying Guns

Marina Fang

Gun Owners Ease Off Buying Binge, Not So Worried About Washington Anymore | Marina Fang | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gun nuts are calling the National Rifle Association's bluff. After a year and a half of stockpiling weapons and ammunition, a buying ...

Illegal Gun Purchases 'Very Common,' Survey Finds

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

A majority of U.S. gun retailers saw someone try to illegally purchase a firearm in 2011, but law enforcement officials were not always notified of th...

Katherine Bindley

Gun 'Salesman Of The Year' -- Still | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.08.2013 | Small Business

Despite recent controversy, a gun store in Merrimack, N.H., plans to keep displaying a poster in its front window naming President Obama "firearms sal...

Beer, Wine, and Guns

Gillian Clark | Posted 02.16.2013 | DC
Gillian Clark

How might things be different if before they allowed you your Second Amendment Right, you had to post a notice on your door announcing that you were applying for a gun license?

Demand For Guns After Obama's Election Leads To Ammo Shortage

AP | MARY FOSTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can't keep up with the nation's demand for ammunition.

Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation – even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

Gun sales spiked when it became clear Obama would be elected a year ago and purchases continued to rise in his first few months of office. The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported that 6.1 million background checks for gun sales were issued from January to May, an increase of 25.6 percent from the same period the year before.

"That is going to cause an upswing in ammunition sales," said Larry Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association representing about 5,000 members. "Without bullets a gun is just a paper weight."

The shortage for sportsmen is different than the scarcity of ammo for some police forces earlier this year, a dearth fueled by an increase in ammo use by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.