HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Some Kansas gun dealers say Democrat
Barack Obama's election to the presidency has sparked an increase in firearms sales.
Retailers say sales have risen as much as 15 percent in the past month, as most polls showed Obama leading Republican John McCain. South Hutchinson gun shop manager Roger Theede says Obama has fueled fears of new restrictions on firearms, and that his sales have risen lately.
Theede said on the day after the election, "I've had people this morning asking, 'Have you sold out of guns yet?'''
McPherson gun dealer Chuck Harter said that firearm distributors he called Wednesday said they had run out of assault rifles.
Harter and other gun merchants say an uptick in sales is partly caused by a bad economy, and that some people are buying firearms to protect themselves and their belongings.
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