Barack Obama fuels gun buying boom with pledge to tighten laws
A pledge by US President Barack Obama to tighten gun control laws has led to firearms sales soaring across America.
14 Mar 2009
Firearms sales have soared across America after US President Barack Obama pledged to tighten gun control laws Photo: AP
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand, and many gun shops running low on stock as the US public buys weapons in anticipation of tighter controls.
On the campaign trail last year Mr Obama proposed restoring a Clinton-era ban on several types of military-style semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, as well as background checks for buyers at gun shows, and other "common-sense measures".
His pledge has proved a potent catalyst, with manufacturers recording soaring profits since his election.
"Since November, sales of firearms - in particular han
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