Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - While healthcare is a key dividing point in the upcoming presidential election, area gun stores have also been impacted by national politics.
At "Freedom Firearms" in Fort Wayne, they've seen a sharp increase in gun sales, including a 40-percent increase in sales to women since November.
While most female buyers are seeking protection, some gun store owners feel the recent spike in overall sales has a lot to do with media stories, real or perceived. And that a second term for President Obama could bring changes to second amendment rights.
Angie Freeland with Freedom Firearms says, “It's hard to guess and we don't question it. Regardless of what my political beliefs are, I believe that if Obama is elected again, our sales will go through the roof.”
Even though Freeland tries not to speculate, the attention is certainly driving sales.
Freeland is well aware of gun critics and reports that show Indiana is 1 of 10 states where guns killed more people than car accidents according to a study.
She says her store goes even beyond what the law requires, offering a basic handgun class for new owners and encouraging elaborate gun safes for families with children.
Anyone that walks out with one of these guns must have a federally mandated background check and those decisions are solely up to the FBI.
Every state except Kentucky saw an increase in gun background checks last year, which can measure gun sales.
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