It’s been like this for months, said Bob Viden Sr., owner of the small shop on Delsea Drive in Glassboro, where he and his two sons sell rifles, pistols, antique shotguns, crossbows and more. The demand for firearms has gotten so intense lately that even his distributors have run dry. What ammunition he still has in stock he has to keep for their shooting range and leagues. Viden said while his business may be booming, he’s not happy about the reason.
“It’s been like this for quite some time. We are selling more than ever in the past,” Viden said. “But I do not like it for the reasons they’re buying them. I don’t like when people buy guns because they’re afraid of their government and afraid of losing the freedoms our founding fathers said is our God-given right.”
It’s not just Viden’s sales figures that point to the dramatic increase in those seeking out guns, whether it’s for home protection, hunting, sport shooting or just in case.
Police departments throughout South Jersey are reporting record permit applications, since their offices are the first stop for any New Jersey resident seeking to legally purchase a firearm.
“It’s sky-rocketed,” said Rafael Muniz, chief of police in Washington Township. So much so, he’s had to dedicate one of his officers to handle the applications full-time.
When that officer told him they had 152 applications in January alone, he couldn’t believe it.
“I said ‘Get out of here,’” Muniz said. “That’s half of what we had for the entire year of 2010.”
Contrary to what the anti-Second Amendment crowd tells you, it’s a wide cross section of the public arming themselves because they’re afraid of their own government.
“People are coming in, making mention they feel the gun laws are going to be stricter in the future. They want to get permits now while they feel they still can,” Mangano said.
“They want them before anything happens,” Muniz said. “That’s the primary reason.”
And it’s not just who you’d think.
Thirty-something men in ties, middle-aged women in sweat suits, an off-duty corrections officer and an elderly woman with long, gray hair were all busy checking out the selection at Little Bob’s last week, and Muniz said he sees all kinds of applicants.
“There’s many people who have never even shot a gun, and now they want to purchase one,” Muniz said. “There’s people of all ages, from 18-year-olds to elderly females to elderly males who normally wouldn’t purchase one.”
Unwittingly, the record gun sales is the one good thing Obama has done for the economy.