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Kansas City Gun Show draws big crowds

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Gun dealers report sales have soared amid all the talk of the possibility of new gun control laws. This weekend thousands of gun owners and enthusiasts flocked to the KCI Expo Center to check out weapons at the Kansas City Gun Show.

This weekend's gun show was the second in the area in less than a month.

Within minutes of the doors opening up Saturday, more than 2,000 people could be seen making their way around.

Gun show promoter Rex Kuhrlie said many were at the event just stocking up.  

"I think that a lot of law-abiding citizens are very concerned about losing some of their gun rights and about D.C. acting possibly in a knee-jerk fashion in passing negative legislation," he said.

Semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15, are selling out almost as fast as people can set them up at the gun show, hosted by R.K. Shows, Inc. The organization has gun and knife shows scheduled this weekend in Wichita, KS, Farmington, MO, and Kansas City, MO.

By early Saturday afternoon, vendor Terry Carter said he had already sold more than 20,000 rounds of ammo like the .556 or the .223, the kind used in an AR-15.

"At the last show here a month ago, they sold every one of these in about 20 minutes," show manager Dennis Pearson said.

The guns are also under much more scrutiny since the tragedy.

"Any time you talk about gun control, it revs up really quick, really fast," Pearson said.

Now, with the talk of banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines that let you fire off multiple rounds quickly, sales of those items are quadrupling.

"I think that we have the right to buy whatever firearm there is, and keep," Pearson said. "I think that every time they pass a law, we lose more freedom and more freedom and more rights."

Gun shows themselves could be the next thing in the crosshairs. Vice President Joe Biden's new gun control task force is expected to push for universal background checks for purchases, including at gun shows.

"You've heard the term 'gun show loophole'; well, it's not a gun show loophole, it's a private sale loophole," Pearson said.

What it means is private sellers don't have to run background checks, while licensed dealers do. Both types can be found at gun shows, and Pearson said he's fine with addressing that portion of the issue, as long as it's for all private sales, not just targeting one venue.

But he believes lawmakers should set their focus on the person, not the weapon.

"They need to look at the mental health, and figure out these sick people, how to stop them. As far as the true criminal, if we knew how to stop them, we'd have the answer to everything," he said.

Carter reinforced the idea that the key to owning a gun is education.

The Kansas City Gun Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the KCI-Expo Center. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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