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Gun Owners Concerned About Obama's Potential Policies

November 9, 2008, 10:19 PM by David Brown

Gun Owners Concerned About Obama's Potential Policies
Last week's election puts Barack Obama in the White House and keeps control of Congress with the Democrats. 

Some gun owners are concerned about their second amendment rights, which has led to a jump in gun sales across the nation - and here in KELOLAND. 

At Gary's Gun Shop on 41st Street in Sioux Falls, shoppers are trying to stock up on gun supplies during what they believe is a short window of time. 

"That's why I'm here," said Jeremiah Johnson of Sioux Falls.  "There's a few things I'd like to purchase down the road, 18 months, two years from now.  But when you have somebody like this coming into office you don't know, am I going to have those options as a private citizen?" 

Questions about President-elect Obama's stance on gun control are nothing new. And that worries some customers about what kinds of policies Obama might support once he assumes office on January 20, 2009. 

"They're showing their concerns of gun control," said Steve Naatjes, owner of Gary's Gun Shop.  "Guns going away, ammo getting expensive, taxes and on and on."

Those questions and uncertain answers have lead to a boom in KELOLAND gun purchases since election day. 

"Typically, the opening weekend of pheasant season would be our biggest of the year," said Naatjes.  "We blew that out of the water by twice."

While Obama did propose a ban on semi-automatic weapons nine years ago in the Illinois State Senate, as of now, he has not put forth a nationwide proposal. Although some remain skeptical, Johnson knows any potential changes will not be made hastily. 

"I'm not worried about January 20. I'm worried about January 20, 2010 and the years after that," said Johnson.  "Just because he's in office doesn't mean he can pass the laws. It still has to go through Congress voting on things like that. The clock is ticking, but I'm not worried about the timer going off on the 20th of January."

And while speculation lingers, guns continue to fly off the shelves.

The NRA has circulated ads with claims about Obama's gun control stance.  The non-partisan website, factcheck.org has reviewed the NRA's material.  Their analysis can be seen here

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