At Freedom Firearms in Fort Wayne, Indiana there is hardly anything left in the store. Managing partner Angie Freeland told CNBC sales have "gone through the roof". With little left to sell, she will probably close for what is typically her busiest day of the year, December 24.
"It started on Monday with the AR-15s going out the door," she said. "Once those were gone they were buying anything with a high capacity magazine."
The rush to buy guns comes in the wake of last Friday's massacre in Newtown, CT. Twenty year old Adam Lanza shot twenty children between the ages of six and seven, and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He killed them all with a semi-automatic rifle made by Bushmaster called the AR-15, before killing himself with a handgun. (Read More: Obama Consoles Connecticut Town, Vows Effort to Tame Violence)
The shootings triggered both a wave of anti-gun talk and a wave of buying by gun owners and enthusiasts. President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead a gun violence task force. The group's charge is to present to the President by the end of January the best ideas to reduce gun violence. It is a charge that has many fearing a ban on owning some, if not all, guns.
"Talk of banning the weapons is driving sales," said Jeff Dillard, co-owner of the National Armory Gun Store & Range in Pompano Beach, Fl. "It's an incredible knee jerk reaction to what the President said. He put Biden in charge of it and they [politicians] will go crazy like they usually do. So customers want to get weapons before a ban is put in place."
Dillard called sales in the four days "incredible." On Wednesday he said the store did four times the sales volume it did on the same day last year. "The expensive guns went first, then the middle of the road guns went next," he said. "The cheap, less expensive guns will probably go today."
It is not only guns that are people are buying up, it is ammunition too.
"I've sold more bulk ammo (1000 rounds) in the last three business days than I have all year," said Henry Parro co-owner of Parro's Gun Shop and Police Supplies in Waterbury, VT. "Customers are using their hand carts to load their cars."
Parro said with Biden in charge of the gun violence task force, his clients sees the handwriting on the wall and they are deciding to exercise their right and buy guns now. As a senator, Biden steered a now expired ban on assault weapons through Congress, and has been a long-time supporter for stricter gun laws.