Gun sales on the rise

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Gun sales are skyrocketing these days. Why the sudden increase? Some say it's an election year all the way down to those buying into predictions that something bad is going to happen in 2012.
        
“It seems like we're going in the same direction as it was in 2008 due to presidential elections,” Don Gallardo said. Gallardo is the store manager at Shooter's World in Phoenix.

“Another presidential election year, people don't know what is going to happen with the office, so they want to jump ahead of the band wagon,” Gallardo said.
 
But the increase in gun sales isn't just in Arizona. It's happening across the country. Last year nearly 11 million firearms were sold in the U.S., according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“We even have people that call us from other different states -- Colorado, Florida, East Coast -- seeing if we have certain products in stock,” Gallardo said.
 
The reason for the current rise isn't just because people are afraid this administration may tighten down on gun control.

“I think that's always the bad guy that gets thrown in there, but it's these doomsday preppers,” Gallardo said. “It's the people that do a lot of competition shooting and now realize everyone is buying up the ammo and [think], 'I better stock up on ammo for the rest of the year.'”

A recent spike in sales is due to those who think something bad is going to happen and are fascinated by zombies. That's right, there's a whole product line catered to this, from ammunition to firearms.
   
“It's kind of a fun, silly thing where people can make fun of it,” Gallardo said. “They have a good time, but it's kind of a serious good time.”
 
While the reasons may vary, this year's presidential election is expected to be a driving factor.
 
“As we get closer to election month, I think we're going to see a huge increase in firearm purchasing,” Gallardo said.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation says the industry is responsible for 180,000 jobs and the economic impact in the U.S. is estimated at $28 billion.