Requests in November 2008 were also the highest in NICS history.
National Shooting Sports Foundation President and CEO Stephen L. Sanetti attributes this to fears that Congress will enact a gun ban under the incoming Obama administration.
A recent HunterSurvey.com poll reflects this concern. An overwhelming majority of respondents, 80-percent, said that with a democratically controlled Congress they expect it to become more difficult to buy firearms after President-elect Barack Obama takes office.
None of the respondents said they thought gun buying would become easier, while just 16 percent said they anticipated little change in the process.