Group says gun show attendance, gun prices up in the Dakotas

BROOKING, S.D. (AP) – A spokesman for a group holding gun shows throughout the Dakotas says the number of participating collectors and vendors are on the rise this winter.

The 11th annual Brookings Gun Show this weekend is the second of 11 events scheduled by the Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Association through the spring.

Group spokesman Vic Carter tells KSFY-TV ( that the Brookings show has space for 340 booths, all of which were rented. He says the event has drawn vendors from North Dakota, South Dakota and other states.

Carter says the talk about gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has led to higher prices. He believes sales will return to normal once the debate settles down.

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  • camsaure

    This weekend Mesa, AZ had a show. The lines were several blocks long and four or five wide, and moving very slowly. Looks like the attendance is up here too.

  • $8194357

    Look what the feds have and they worry about us with semi autos..