The United Sportsmen's Club reports that their Gun and Knife show this past weekend was one of their best shows ever regarding attendance. Many vendors also report that they've seen a spike in sales. Some of the gun shop owners have speculated that their customers are stockpiling in light of the recent controversy with gun control after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut.
TV6 spoke with several of the show's visitors and vendors to see what they had to say on the matter.
"I believe there should be some kind of tracking in these gun shows so that we don't just hand a gun to someone who maybe just got out of prison or who just had a mental breakdown. We do need some kind of check and balance system on these gun shows, but I don't want to see them done away with because I think they are vital to the American way of life," said Marshall Seawright, owner of M & C Gun Shop in Rapid River."I do think people are overreacting because there are a lot of people out there that are honest working people that have guns and want to be hunting like everybody else and they don't want to worry about regulations and rules because they're honest people," said Terri Lyss, gun collector."The people that are making up all these rules and complaining about a lot of the guns, they're the ones who don't know the first thing about any guns. They have no idea what target shooting is or what clay shooting is. They're strictly doing it for political reasons or for whatever it is to get their face on camera," said Martin Furlane, gun owner and member of the Negaunee Rod and Gun Club."Criminals don't care. They don't care about background checks. They're going to get what they want regardless of the fact. Background checks are nothing more than keeping law abiding citizens at bay," said Ben Weber, gun owner and freelance writer."I think there should be more available to the public for reaching out for help for mental aid for people that do need mental help before they start trying to control the guns and the gun issue. There are a lot of people that need mental health resources and that does not seem to be available through the government. There's too much red tape," said Edna Wilmoth, gun owner and nurse anesthetist.