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Planning for the worst: Gun-owners are on the defensive

In AMERICA, WEAPONS on 04/06/2009 at 3:41 PM

At the National Rifle Association’s 138th annual convention, held this year in Phoenix, Arizona, 47,000 people poured through the doors. They admired the fancy firearms, snacked on grilled buffalo and were happily recruited by shooting associations. Tom Power, of the Texas Gun Collectors Association, says membership has been soaring since Barack Obama took office. Bill Bachenberg, the owner of a shooting range near Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been registering 400 new members a month. “American gun-owners don’t trust this administration,” he says. American gun sales surged after Mr Obama was elected president. He had a voting record of raising the tax on guns and ammunition by 500%, and, on top of that… The Economist

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