Besides being the President of the United States, Barack Obama is also being dubbed by some the gun salesman of the year. That's because since elected, gun sales have skyrocketed nationwide including here in Eastern Carolina. WITN headed to one firearm store in Jamesville in Martin County where sales have jumped 70% since Obama took office.
Store managers say sales are good at Mackey's in Jamesville, which bills itself as one of the largest firearm shops in the world. Since President Barack Obama took office, store managers tell us their customers are buying everything they can, in fear gun laws could change.
Store manager Charles Hayes says "Like when it snows down here, everybody buys out the grocery store and it really doesn't make a lot of sense, same with guns. They thought their rights were going to be infringed and so they keep saying before my rights go away, I want to buy a handgun."
In the first three months of 2009, statistics show four million background checks were requested nationwide, that's up 27% from the same time period in 2008.
Beaufort County Sheriff's say over the past three months they've issued about 165 purchasing permits each month, an increase over previous months as well.
The only problem, getting in ammunition for those guns. Hayes says some things stores just can't get their hands on.
"We could probably sell 1,000 cases of 380 right now, if we had 1,000 cases."
Store managers told WITN, they've had customers from Florida and Texas, just to buy certain items that are completely out of stock in other parts of the country.