Gun sales are on a pace to break last year's record of more than 23 million, a boon to the U.S. industry and gun stores thanks to election-year worries about gun control and recent terror attacks, according to government figures and experts.
Under Obama, background checks for guns reached 141.4 million through the end of May, amounting to sales of about 52,600 a day, according to the FBI.
Last year, the FBI conducted more than 23 million background checks, which are generally used to figure sales of new and used weapons.
Domestically, manufacturers have reported producing about 21,000 guns a day, or more than 46 million in Obama's first six years in office.
Joining men in buying guns have been women, youths and now members of the LGBT community, especially after the terrorist slaying of 49 at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub this month.
Justin Anderson, marketing director for Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C., one of the nation's biggest gun shops, said Obama has been great for sales.
"The recent surge in gun buying is based on two variables: fear of government intrusion on Second Amendment rights, and, more importantly, people interested in personal protection," Anderson told Secrets.
"Our sales have doubled across the board, not just in AR-style rifles, but also in small frame handguns and home defense shotguns. We saw this just after the San Bernardino shooting, as well. More and more people are coming to realize that their personal safety is at risk and their government cannot protect them."
Concerns about gun laws may be what helped one gun store sell 30,000 AR-15-style rifles in a week following the Orlando shooting.
The great thing about the AR-15 platform is that a person with absolutely no gunsmithing expertise can buy one AR-15 and a bunch of accessories, and optimise that gun for the application at hand. You can even make an AR-15 into a pistol.
Federal and local law enforcement, as well as, countless civilians buy AR-15s because that one gun can be adapted to an infinite variety of sporting, hunting, and use-of-force scenarios by an amateur with a few simple tools. The AR-15 is basically a giant Lego kit for grown-ups.