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Sales soar at SC gun show

Many customers say they've experienced shortages when trying to purchase guns or ammunition in recent months. Many customers say they've experienced shortages when trying to purchase guns or ammunition in recent months.

Recent gun violence and the threat of tighter laws put a premium on guns and ammunition, and although gun control efforts were defeated in Washington, a show in Sioux City Saturday proved the demand has not diminished. Gun advocates are willing to pay a high price.

Jon Nilson and his wife are among those looking for ammo at this gun show.

"I hunt birds and deer. Most of what I do is sport shooting. I just enjoy going out and shooting at targets," said Nilson.

But like many hunters, they say, that's harder now than it used to be.

"You just can't find it. You used to be able to come to a gun show and easily find cases if that's what you wanted, and now everything's by the box," said Nilson.

"Walmart probably has the cheapest price, but they don't have the ammunition. They might get five boxes in and the first five people take it all," said Tom Wakefield, a retailer from Spencer, Iowa.

Vendors say even one year ago, people were buying their ammunition by the brick. But now, because of price increases, they're doing that by the box.

"What we have here on our table today, we ordered all the way back on the 21st of January," said Jason Bliley, a vendor for 23 Skidoo.

"What I used to pay, two-three years ago for 30 cents a round is now a buck a round. You know, prices are really, really high," said Nilson.

Bliley says vendors had a rush on supplies in January, when law enforcement and military were buying, and there was a threat that gun laws might be changing. A few months ago, Bliley says folks were lining up three hours before the show to get into shows, but now things are calming down slightly. Adding to that demand, more women gun owners.

"They're taking those courses, and they're getting those small pistols, so yeah, absolutely, women are the largest part of the gun market this year," said Bliley.

"I think that it's good to have protection in the house," said Nheylin Ung of Sioux City.

But Ung says stores are running low on everything now.

"They take forever. For example, if you were looking for a specific gun, they say we can bring it back or something, but it might take three or four weeks," said Ung.

So, even with an increased price, Ung says this show was worth it to get what she needs.

"It is a successful event," said Ung.

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