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Gun show vendors say sales are down

9:34 PM, Sep 22, 2013   |    comments
Southern Classic Gun and Knife Show at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Southern Classic Gun and Knife show wrapped up Sunday in Jacksonville and organizers say there was a big difference in the size of the crowd compared to the show at the beginning of the year.

Vendors say supply and demand are finally seeing eye to eye and they say it's because the rush to buy guns threatened to be taken off the market, has calmed.

The AR 15 is one of the popular guns vendors sold out of and had waiting lists for at the last Southern Classic Gun and Knife Show at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. James Emanuel with Weapon Enhancement Solutions says earlier this year the gun was selling at over 2200 dollars, now the AR 15 was selling at 699 dollars at his booth.

"You had the scare with the political atmosphere which I think drove prices up and there was a lot more demand, people now are slowing down, they can find a better deal these days because the market has went down," said Emanuel.

Emanuel says in the first few months of the year he was selling up to 200 AR 15s a month, and now he's averaging at ten a month. But other guns are starting to see a spike in sales.

"We're a big glock dealer in town, we sell a lot of glocks," said Emanuel. 

Vendors also say they are seeing more women purchase guns for protection. Eugene Mitchell of Jacksonville says he came to the show to make a purchase for his wife, but also decided to buy a gun for himself.

"Well I hope my wife don't jump on me for that because I was supposed to be buying ammo for her, I just, I'm intrigued by guns, so I just like them," said Mitchell. 

Skip Gwinn with the Southern Classic Gun and Knife says the hype on gun laws on Capitol Hill has been sparked by tragedies like the Newtown shooting last December and the recent Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C. 

"They thought it was an AR that was used recently in the Navy Yard and it was a shotgun, so what we see is a lot of panic from the non gun people that think that all these AR type guns are so so bad," said Gwinn.

The Southern Classic Gun and Knife show will be back at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds December 28th and 29th.

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