December 21, 2012
In the wake of last week's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, investors are selling off shares of gunmakers Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ: SWHC ) and Sturm, Ruger (NYSE: RGR ) . Guns and ammo retailers aren't faring much better, as shares of sporting-goods chains Cabela's (NYSE: CAB ) and Dick's (NYSE: DKS ) continue to slide, while Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT ) -- long known among shooting enthusiasts for having some of the best prices on ammunition around -- are suffering as well.
With Congress moving swiftly to write new regulations for gun sales and ownership, this all seems a logical reaction to the headline news. Yet at the same time as investors rush to sell their shares, gun buyers are rushing to buy firearms -- before any new laws hit the books. Could it be that investors are missing a golden opportunity to "get greedy when others are fearful"?
Fool contributor Rich Smith thinks so, as he explains in today's video.