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Sunday, November 09, 2008

North Carolina in the news! Gun sales up across the state.

Many were stocking up on things such as assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and handguns that they think would be the most likely targets of new laws, though practically everything related to shooting has been selling more quickly.

"It's been an absolute madhouse," said Trey Pugh, a manager at Jim's Pawn Shop in Fayetteville, which is selling 15 to 20 AR-15 assault rifles a day. "I'm getting guys come in and say I always wanted that gun, and give me that one too and that one and, oh, I need a gun safe, too."

Distributors are running out of assault rifles, he said, and prices are rising.
I've long felt that gun control is a losing issue for Democrats, and that the party needs to come to terms with the Second Amendment in order to make gains in the South and West—and in fact this is precisely what seems to be happening in Obama's rhetoric of "sensible" legislation tailored for local situations—but I have to admit that news of gun-lovers snapping up assault rifles in the wake of electoral defeat does give me a little bit of pause.