Higaki, a gunsmith at Jack First Gunshop in Rapid City, is just one of many gun owners across the U.S. who are rushing to buy up some types of guns, driven by fear the weapons will be illegal after Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress take over in January.
Gun shops around the region and nation have reported sales increases following the Nov. 4 election, and the FBI says firearm purchase background checks in the U.S. climbed 49 percent the week of the election, compared to the same week last year.
With an eye to an Obama victory, Travis Ruff, owner of Trak Guns in Spearfish, stocked up on items in October he thought would sell quickly if Obama won. But even he was surprised by the demand for guns both online and in his store.
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