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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 added.

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 concealed carry.

"We saw that they were here for concealed carry and wanted to get some details," Koput said.

Brian Cooper with said to help business, his company is actually gearing its products toward the new law.

"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," said Arnold.     

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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