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Gun prices soar as demand for guns increases

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The gun proposals are having an impact on a gun show going on this weekend in Rothschild.

Organizers say thousands will attend the event at the Patriot Center. They say at the show last year, around 2,000 people showed up. But this year, because of the controversy surrounding possible gun laws, organizers say more than 6,000 people are expected to attend.

Paul Arnold is a vendor at the gun show. He says his business is booming right now.

"Everybody wants black rifles, ARs" said Arnold. "And the demand is high and the attendees are just out of control."

Arnold says the nationwide demand for firearms is causing prices to skyrocket. He says at last year's show he sold 5 ARs. This year, he expects his 30 on hand to sell out.

And he's not the only one noticing a recent spike in interest. Bob Pucci runs gun shows across the state. He says he's noticed a difference in the past month.

"We've had a lot of shows," said Pucci. "We've had triple, quadruple the attendance, and a lot of new people. So we're getting to meet new people, but they are coming to the shows and the prices are high."

Pucci says interest in guns is booming as the nation waits to see if new gun control laws are passed."

"They figure if they don't buy now, they may not be able to buy at all," said Pucci.

The gun show runs through Sunday.

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