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People Stocking Up on Guns and Ammunition at Pasco Gun Show

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PASCO, Wash.-- The gun show at the TRAC this weekend is filled with thousands of customers stocking up on guns and ammunition.

The gun show was packed Saturday. It was hard to walk through the aisles without bumping into people looking at the rows upon rows of guns for sale.

Recent shootings, particularly the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting and government gun reform talks are raising concerns and sales.

"Across the country right now attendance at gun shows is at an all time high. Not only from the general public coming through the door but also from the level of interest from the vendors," said Brian Kjensmo, the gun show organizer.

The TRAC was loaded with people Saturday. Organizers said it's the busiest gun show they've ever seen at the TRAC.

Guns sales shot through the roof following the Newtown shooting and lawmakers talking about gun reform.

Vendors said people are afraid they won't be able to buy certain items in the future and are stocking up while they can.

Ammunition sales are way up and sellers are working to meet the high demand.

"People want to get a hold of it before it's taken away, which consequently drives up prices. But they also want to protect themselves and so people are waking up and saying, wow I need to get some ammunition while I can," said Mark Moeckli, ammunition vendor.

"Ammunition at this show this weekend is going out the door by the hand truck full when people used to buy a couple of boxes of ammunition, they're now buying it by the case, if they can get it by the case," Kjensmo said

Politicians proposing a ban on semi-automatic guns is making the controversial weapon a hot commodity, with some selling for upwards of three thousand dollars.

"Regardless of whatever type of semi-automatic firearm you're looking at, I've never seen prices as high as they are right now," Kjensmo said.

People are also eager to learn about carrying a gun.

"We do a gun show almost every weekend and it doubled interest it seems like than it was , oh about a month and a half ago," said Scot Sturdivant, NRA Instructor.

Organizers and vendors tell me they are overwhelmed by the constant demand for the products and don't see it slowing down anytime soon.

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