Iowa Gun Sales Up Ahead of Caucus

Michale Rosteck, owner of Mr. Guns in Cedar Falls, Iowa. photo from wcfcourier.com.

As Iowans get ready to head to presidential caucus locations tonight, gun retailers in the Hawkeye State say that the political cries for more gun control of late after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino in December, 2015 are driving booming sales.

This story from wfcourier.com says that President Obama's announcement on January 4 of plans to issue executive actions on gun control have bolstered gun sales even more.

"Mr. Obama is the greatest guns salesman this country has ever seen," said Mike Rosteck, owner of Mr. Guns in Cedar Falls, in the story. "Last year, they were up too. It doesn't take a genius to figure it out. The insecurities we get from the federal government, people can't take it."

Things are so good in Iowa that Rosteck recently moved his story from a smaller location in the city to a space more than twice as large, about 7,000 sq. ft. with room for indoor archery and concealed carry classes, the story says. Handguns are some of the biggest sellers at Mr. Guns.

Scott Wilms, owner of Midwest Guns & Ammo in Waterloo, was also interviewed in the story and said his sales have been trending upward too, but didn't speculate on the reasons.

"I really don't know, but we go to gun shows and the crowd at shows is good and they're buyers," he said in the story. "The people you talk to, you get a variety of answers. Some don't care about the political situation. Some are afraid they won't be available."

Additionally, Wilms’ company has manufactured ammo for the past 4 1/2 years.

"It has gone pretty well," he said in the story. "We decided to do that when you couldn't buy ammo back in 2012."

We previously reported that in December, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the most recent surge in U.S. gun sales "tragic" and "ironic."