A spike in gun sales across the country started with President Barack Obama’s reelection. Observers note that may be associated with the traditionally contentious relationship the Democratic Party has with the gun rights lobby.
Some Second Amendment advocates fear the Connecticut tragedy will provide more impetus to efforts to restrict gun ownership.
In places like Colorado, Texas, Ohio, and Oregon, local reports have noted a surge in gun purchases occurring immediately after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
The Sandy shooting has “created a national shortage” of firearms and ammo, one Texas gun shop owner told CNBC, who asked not to be identified for fear of a backlash. “All of our suppliers are almost sold out of items across the board.”