A packed house at state fairgrounds for annual gun show
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Gun shows across the country have seen a huge spike in attendance recently and Little Rock is no exception. Organizers for the event say the possibility of changes in gun laws has caused a run on ammunition and certain weapons but it's not all good news.
"I've always like shooting I've always liked having fun going out and I guess playing with guns would be the best way to put it," said Benjamin Morin, an attendee.
And gun lovers, young and old, sure did come out to play today. Jim Mitchell, the show manager said over 3-thousand people showed up today. And the reason behind the spike is simple.
"A lot of scare tactics on proposed legislation over the incident that happened up in Connecticut," said Mitchell.
But there's literally a price gun lovers are paying as a result the debate surrounding assault weapons.
"Prices more than anything else," said Mitchell. "Ammunition prices have gone doubled, in some cases even more," he said.
He said he has heard one thing more than anything today.
"That they can't find what they're looking for at a reasonable price," said Mitchell.
Vendor, Scott Hunter, says the spike is like nothing he's seen before.
"This right here was about $889 at Walmart not a year and a half ago," said Hunter. "And now they've jumped up to $3000," he said.
Talks of new legislation banning semi-automatic weapons completely have shot up the prices as much as 50 percent, but it's not just affecting buyers.
"The more ammo goes up, the more it costs you to shoot," said Paul Davis. "It's harder for them to afford the sport harder. To get the weapons the ammo and the training," he said.
And that means less profit for vendors like Davis.
"It's going to take a while to recover from it,"said Davis.
And although the talks at the capital are hitting venders pockets, they say they're still holding out hope that it'll work their favor.
"This too will pass," said Mitchell.
The last day for the even is tomorrow.