Conservatives who like guns have the jitters.
In October, the number of firearms background checks performed on potential gun buyers across the U.S. jumped 18.4%, according to data released by the FBI. The number of applications for gun ownership is considered a leading indicator for future gun sales.
Experts believe the spike is linked to jitters that a Democratic administration might try to tighten gun control laws.
Gun sales also rose in 2008 after Obama was first elected. The FBI conducted 12.7 million background checks that year, compared to 11.2 million the year before, a 13.4% increase.
“Sales are up,” John Kielbasa, owner of Fernwood Firearms in Hankins, N.Y. told CNN. “I had a guy waiting here first thing in the morning (Wednesday). He came in, bought two AK-47s.”