During the presidential debates, President Obama said he would consider trying to get a ban on assault weapons reintroduced. Whether it's fear of tighter regulations or fear of a deeper economic crisis, vendors say gun sales are up since the election.
The Nation's Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA saw 13,000 attendees in November 2011. Organizers are expecting a big boost this year. They say customers are stocking up, hedging their bets in case of a gun ban. Others say there is also a fear that the financial crisis could lead to civil unrest. Some customers say they want firearms not only for protection, but also as an investment. By Sunday afternoon several vendors had sold out of weapons and ammunition and at least 175 attendees went through the training course required for concealed carry permits in Virginia.