Skip to comments.Columbia Gun Show sees increasing attendance, sales
Posted on 01/05/2013 7:39:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
COLUMBIA Ammunition, guns and accessories lined the tables of the 135 vendors at the Columbia Gun Show, which continues Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
By Saturday afternoon, sales had doubled from last year, and attendance continued to rise, Dennis Pearson, manager of the gun show, said. One thousand people had entered the doors Friday evening, and he was expecting another 2,500 on Saturday.
Vendors at the show attributed rising sales and increased attendance on the possibility for stricter gun regulations and a potential ban on assault weapons such as the AR-15 used in the Newtown, Conn., shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
After the shootings in which 20 children were killed, President Barack Obama committed to making gun control a central issue in his second term. Additionally Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to introduce legislation that would ban the sale, transfer, importation or manufacturing of 120 specifically named firearms and strengthen the 1994 assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, according to her website.
"Everyone's freaking out," Jessica Story, vendor for Kenzie's Optics, said.
Not only did the gun show attract more people this year, but people were buying guns and gun-related items at much higher prices than in previous years..
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“The Nation’s Gun Show” (Chantilly, VA) was swamped with customers and sold out of ammo and mags very early. Crowd was 3X normal
Packed. Whitey is scared to death.
I haven’t been to any gun shows but the gun shops are packed.
Huh, wonder why that is?
the guy is a tiny hole in the wall but is in the top 5% of S&W dealers in the country... i guess having two prisons, two jails and several PD and State Police units within 20 miles helps his sales
I went to one today and it was packed. I didn’t see much money changing hands. I took a spare AK there to see what it would fetch but . . came back with it.
I was in the area and attended. I feel good that there was nothing that I needed. I and my extended Russian/Ukrainian family have all we need. We are ready.
I’m surprised there’s anything left to sell except antique guns and muzzle loaders.
Kenzies Optics is in Georgia. They sure do get around. I bought some things off of them when they were at a show in Monroeville at the end of October.