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Gun Show Comes to Mid-Michigan

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MASON, Mich. (WLNS) -- In the wake of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama has put-together a task force to take a look at gun control, which has prompted many gun enthusiasts to stock-up on weapons.

Hundreds of people stood in line to see the gun show at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Friday. Organizers say they are expecting a bigger crowd than last year, around 5,000 people over the course of three days.

"Ever since the election, the gun shows have been record-setters every week," said Doug Carl, the gun show organizer.

From hand guns to accessories and collectable items, the show has it all, including military rifles.

"The assault type weapons are selling quicker than they ever have before because the government is threatening to ban them," said Carl.

The demand is them is so high, some vendors don't have anything to show. One manufacturer said he sold a years worth of guns in one weekend.

"If you look, nothing. We came up here to pick up more supplies," said Mark Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Arms in Jackson. "We've got orders that we're just not going to be able to fill. We manufacture small parts for the assault rifles and we just can't keep up."

Customers are noticing that's the direction prices are going, especially for assault rifles. Prices used to hover around $1,400 to $1,500 and have since risen to around $1,800.

The gun show lasts until 7p.m. Friday and continues through Sunday. For more information, visit their website.

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