MI: In record numbers, guns and ammo fly off shelves
Michigan expects record $17M in taxes from sales
One reason for the rush is that many gun owners thought the election of President Barack Obama would usher in a new call for gun restrictions. Another is the popularity of concealed-weapon permits, like those in Michigan, that allow owners to keep firearms in purses or glove boxes if they have a permit. And there's also the broadening of the state law that allows people to defend themselves with deadly force, even outside their own homes.
Guns are no longer taboo. Single moms, college students and even older women are buying them and learning how to use them, McMahon said.