Gun shop leaders hope concealed carry law triggers sales
ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) -- The first gun show was held this weekend in Central
Wisconsin since the Concealed Carry law went into effect. Some vendors told Newsline 9 they hope the new law
will mean a boost for business.
Hundreds of guns loaded the showroom
at the Wausau-Rothschild Gun Show Sunday. And
while organizers said turnout was about average, some vendors said the
concealed carry law has triggered more sales.
"Biggest boom that we've seen,"
said concealed carry trainer Paul Arnold.
He said now that it's legal to carry
concealed weapons with a permit, the number of people signing up for classes
has gone up.
"It's probably tripled
since last Monday," said Arnold.
He said more
people are asking questions about the law.
"Asking where can they
carry, where can they not carry. A lot of questions on how to carry," Arnold
Minocqua resident, Andrea
Koput, was just one of several people interested in training at the gun show.
She said she goes to gun shows frequently, but this time her focus was
"We saw that they were here for
concealed carry and wanted to get some details," Koput said.
Brian Cooper with Gunsandgrease.com
said to help business, his company is actually gearing its products toward the
"We've started stocking
more handguns where before maybe there was little or no need for it because we
couldn't carry it before," Cooper said, "Now, it's become legal so hopefully
we'll pick up sales that way."
Arnold said if
you do take a concealed carry class, make sure the company is qualified.
"My buddy says ‘this can be done, my buddy says that
can be done'. Make sure if you've got questions you go to a qualified person
that actually knows what they can and can't do so they don't get into trouble,"