The more important impact of the [Supreme Court] ruling may be its signal that gun controls are unlikely to tighten anytime soon. And, surprisingly, that could have a cooling effect on firearm sales.
After all, it was the opposite concern -- a fear that President Obama would clamp down on firearms -- that many argue helped drive a recent surge in U.S. gun sales.
Take Sturm, Ruger, for example. In the entire decade preceding President Obama's election, its annual firearm sales posted no growth, holding at an average of $145 million. That jumped to $174 million in 2008 and accelerated even further to $267 million in 2009.
Granted, some of the sales spike across the industry in recent years may also have been linked to the deep recession and fear of higher crime rates. But with concerns over economic crisis and a gun clampdown now receding in the public mind, firearm sales look ripe for a fall.
What? Is nobody in the mood to celebrate their 2nd Amendment rights? Buy a gun, man! It's the only commodity that safeguards our liberty as Americans. Don't tell me you can't afford to buy one "right now." When it comes to precious freedom, how can you afford not to?