In the week since the election of Barack Obama as President, one must admit that—as promised—significant “change” has already taken place in the United States.

For one thing, residential yards are no longer cluttered by campaign signs. And it’s much more pleasant to listen to the radio or watch television without the barrage of nasty political ads.

And, oh yeah, firearms sales are surging practically everywhere in the country.

Just try going online to a news search engine like Google and type “gun sales” and see the results you get. There are recent articles from states including Kansas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Utah, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia with quotes and firsthand accounts of how folks are buying all types of firearms in record –shattering numbers.

For example, CNN reports today that Bernie Conatser, the owner of a gun shop in the Washington suburb of Manassas, Virginia, says sales have doubled or tripled since this time last year. On Saturday, he said, he did as much business as he would normally do in a week.

“I have been in business for 12 years, and I was here for Y2K, September 11, Katrina,” Conatser said. “And all of those were big events, and we did notice a spike in business, but nothing on the order of what we are seeing right now.”

The CNN story notes that for the week of November 3 to 9, the FBI received more than 374,000 requests for background checks on gun purchasers—a leap of nearly 49 percent from the same period in 2007.

Call it real or imagined, many Americans are convinced that the incoming administration and a Democratic-controlled Congress are going to restrict the type and style of firearms the average American may purchase legally, and they’re not waiting around for inauguration day to see what happens.

– J.R. Absher