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Gun Manufacturers see rise in demand

BY: Allison Bybee e-mail

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - A surprising award for Barack Obama. He is being hailed by an outdoor industry website as the "Gun Salesman of the Year." Gun dealers and manufacturers say the fear over what Obama might do with gun laws has sent people shopping like mad.

Jorge Corbato's new company, Project Guns, repairs and builds firearms, mainly restoring antiques. Since President-Elect Barack Obama gained the White House, his company has been swamped with orders. A good thing, yes, but Corbato says he can't get the parts. He gets responses on websites that say basically, "We are too busy."

Corbato believes it's all because of Barack Obama. Now, dubbed by a website as the "Gun Salesman of the Year." Corbato says, "So, they want to get them because maybe they feel on the 20th they won't be able to have it again."

Gun owners fear with a Democratic administration gun laws will get stricter. So, many are rushing to buy and repair broken guns, "If they put something on the table and ban certain firearms he won't be the best salesman anymore," says Corbato.

He's backed up with boxes and orders, but parts are costing 25% to 30% more than just 1 month ago. Corbato worries for his company and the possibility of changes for gun laws, but says he'll push forward to find his niche because he knows the demand won't go away.

President-Elect Barack Obama has said he respects the constitutional right to bear arms, but he would support "common sense" gun laws.

As an Illinois State Legislator, Obama called for tighter restrictions on all firearms, and he supported a ban on semiautomatic weapons.

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