Barack Obama had been president-elect just a matter of hours when customers started lining up at the Olathe Gun Shop.
By closing time Wednesday, the shop had recorded one of its busiest days, and owner Mike Malone and his staff had gotten an earful.
“You hear it from everybody,” Malone said Friday. “People are a little apprehensive and anxious on what’s going to happen and how bad their gun rights are going to be trampled.”
Gun-shop owners across the nation echoed Malone, saying Obama’s win, coupled with a Democrat-dominated Congress, have many people worried that tougher gun laws are on the way. They had better get their firearms now, the thinking goes, before they no longer can or are slapped with high taxes on gun purchases.
“Democratic senators are notoriously the ones who always pose new gun legislation,” said Jeff Neumann, the manager of The Bullet Hole gun store in Overland Park.
There is another side, of course. Doug Pennington, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said what worries most Americans is being able to pay the mortgage and the light bill, not gun legislation.
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