Gun sales have skyrocketed around the inland [Pacific] Northwest since the November general election, according to The [Spokane, WA] Spokesman Review newspaper.
Gun-shop owners cite fears that a Democratic president and Congress will tighten gun controls.
Store owners said the most sought-after items are semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity handguns.
Police records for Spokane County show gun sales at pawnshops more than doubled from November and December 2007 to November and December 2008. Applications for concealed-pistol licenses in Spokane County rose 40 percent in the last two months of 2008 compared with the same months a year earlier, according to police records.