Ace Sporting Goods Washington, PA

Gun sales Assistant manager Keith Swart works behind the counter at Ace Sporting Goods.On the gun counter at Ace Sporting Goods in Washington County, customers are greeted with a picture of President Barack Obama next to the caption, "Salesman of the Year."

The "Salesman of the Month" honor goes to Gov. Ed Rendell, whose picture is next to the president's.

"Obviously it's a little bit of humor, " said owner George Romanoff. "But any time our politicians start discussing gun control, it has the adverse effect of what they intended. It's true across the country."

The Obama-as-top-salesman image isn't unique to Ace. Similar pictures are on any number of pro-gun Web sites. The publisher of The Outdoor Wire, an online publication for the outdoors industry, even credited Mr. Obama with sparing the gun industry the same kind of slump that has decimated the automakers.

Sales of guns and ammunition are surging nationwide, largely because gun enthusiasts and first-time buyers are afraid the president is going to push for gun control.

The increase has reached record levels in recent months.

More than 4.2 million firearms background checks were performed from November 2008 through this January, according to the FBI, an increase of more than 31 percent above the 3.2 million checks from the same period a year earlier.

"I've been in this business for 33 years, " said Mr. Romanoff, "and there's never been this demand."

As for Mr. Rendell, he recently joined Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in urging Congress to renew an assault weapons ban and asked the state Legislature to pass a lost-and-stolen-gun reporting law and allow local firearms regulation.

Moves like those fuel a simple mentality: Stockpile while you can.

Carl Casato of South Park, a collector of old Colt firearms who was shopping recently at Anthony Arms in West Mifflin, said he travels to gun shops across the region each month. Everywhere he hears the same comment: Restrictions are coming.

"I'm not worried about it, but I know everyone else is, " said Mr. Casato, 66. "Any time you have the Democrats take over, [gun advocates] feel they're going to infringe on gun rights."

The National Rifle Association's Web site pulls no punches, calling the president "Gunbanobama" and stating ominously, "You can't trust Obama with your guns."

The White House disputes that stance.

"The president believes the Second Amendment creates an individual right, and he respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms, " an official said in an e-mailed statement. "His administration is committed to protecting the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns while stopping firearms traffickers and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and others prohibited from owning them."

But it's safe to say that many gun owners don't trust the president. The surge in sales actually began during the election, when then-candidate Obama emerged as the front-runner. It intensified after he won.

Many of those buyers are first-time gun owners.

Anthony Arms in West Mifflin, which has a shooting range in the basement, used to hold a National Rifle Association safety class each month for purchasers of new firearms. Now it runs two a month.

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