When Barack Obama was elected in November 2008, firearms manufacturers experienced a boom in demand that didn’t dissipate until late 2010. Now, gun sales nationwide are sharply increasingly once more.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, firearms and ammunition sales generated about $31 billion in “economic impact” nationwide in 2011, up from $19 billion four years earlier. The NSSF estimates that record figure will be substantially eclipsed in 2012.=

The obvious reason for the boom in gun sales is concern that Obama, if re-elected in November, will launch an aggressive campaign against Second Amendment rights. But some analysts say that isn’t the only reason.

Believe it or not, some suggest, fears of “doomsday prophecies and even a zombie apocalypse” are also contributing to the urge to stockpile weapons.

Considering how many popular television shows and movies obsess on such dire scenarios, apparently some gun-owners believe it is better to be safe rather than sorry should, say, Obama be re-elected and the Undead show up on their doorstep some dark and stormy night. You never know.

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