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Firearm sales climb in Oklahoma after Election Day

BY JAMES S. TYREE Modified: November 8, 2008 at 12:12 am •  Published: November 8, 2008
Miles Hall apologized for taking so long in getting to the telephone.

"I’ve been kind of busy,” explained Hall, owner of H&H Gun Range in Oklahoma City.

Hall and other metro-area gun shop owners are saying business has been brisk following the presidential election.

With Democrat Barack Obama winning the presidency and the Democratic Party strengthening its advantages in the U.S. House and Senate, many customers are concerned about possible gun ownership restrictions.

"‘Some concern’ is an understatement,” said Mike Blackwell, owner of Big Boy’s Guns and Ammo in Oklahoma City.

"We’ve been hitting a new record every day. It started just prior to the election, and we’re probably up 70 percent.”

Roy Hawkins, owner of R&S Gun Service in Moore for 28 years, said the increase in sales has been more gradual at his store. Gun sales usually go up around election time, he said, but anxiety seems a little higher than usual.

"He’s anti-gun,” Hawkins said of Obama, "so folks are nervous about not being able to purchase guns. People are making additional purchases that they may not have considered otherwise. has disabled the comments for this article.