CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that lawful gun owners have "nothing to fear" from his incoming administration so there is no reason for Americans to stock up on guns.
Gun shops across the country have reported increased sales amid fears that Obama intends to restrict gun sales after taking office on January 20.
While Obama supports gun control, he has repeatedly denied any intention of "taking away folks' guns."
The right to bear arms is guaranteed in the second amendment of the US constitution and gun control is a hot-button political issue.
"I believe in common sense gun safety law, and I believe in the second amendment," Obama said at a press conference Sunday.
"And so, lawful gun owners have nothing to fear.
"I've said that throughout the campaign. I haven't indicated anything different during the transition, and I think that people can take me at my word."
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