Brookings Gun Show Has Record Turnout
by Laura Monteverdi, Reporter
January 13, 2013 6:29 PM
The 11th Annual Brookings Gun Show kicked off with a bang.
“We're sold out this year. We have about 340 booths. We've probably had 320 in the past so we're full this year,” said Vic Carter, Chairman of the event.
On Saturday and Sunday, thousands of gun lovers and vendors did what they do best.
They talked guns.
“We have old guns, collector guns, we got people that sell furs, we got people that sell shotgun shell boxes," said Carter
While business may be booming right now for these gun vendors, some worry that may not be the case for long.
“As a gun owner, I'm concerned because there a lot of people out there that don't have the knowledge about these that are going to make a rash decision I feel," said gun owner Clay Walberg.
Walberg is from Aberdeen and is no stranger to these types of events.
“I buy some from gun shows, some from dealers, wherever the mood strikes me to purchase one," said Walberg.
However, he is worried that he may not be able to make purchases such as the one he made Sunday, in the near future.
“Everyone is a little concerned about the gun laws and them trying to take them away from us," said Walberg.
Charles Janes runs a gun shop in Volga, South Dakota with his son. He even had a booth at this year's show.
“We've done pretty good in the last couple of days. Maybe 50/50 on handguns or the AR style rifles," said Janes.
While he has concerns about what may become of his business if gun restrictions are tightened, he's hopeful that won't be the case.
“I'm hoping Congress won't be able to do what they want to do. I know they are going to throw everything they can at us and hopefully it's not going to work," said Janes.
Vendors said the most popular guns sold at the show were the automatic rifles.