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Thousands More Go to Wausau Gun Show Than Last YearSubmitted: 01/27/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

Thousands More Go to Wausau Gun Show Than Last Year
WAUSAU - Local gun vendors say the President's proposed gun control plans are having the opposite effect he's probably hoping for.

The Bob and Rocco gun show was in Wausau this weekend. This show comes to town every year, but this weekend brought in twice as many people.

Nearly 5,000 people filed into the Patriot Center this weekend- that's twice the number they usually see. Organizer Bob Pucci says he knows exactly why that is.

"We've seen an increase of about 60 percent of people who've never been to gun shows before. And they're looking to buy those things which are going to be banned. They would never have bought any of those things, except now they're trying to ban them," says Pucci.

Attendance at shows isn't the only thing skyrocketing. Supply and demand is becoming an issue for some vendors.

"Prices have gone through the roof. I had the largest ammo dealer in the Midwest, he was at my Waukesha show three weeks ago, we had 9,000 people through. He brought in about 100,000 rounds of ammo and sold out in an hour and 45 minutes and he can't get any more ammo," says Pucci.

The Wausau gun show had hundreds of vendors, representing a hundred gun shops from around the state. But Pucci says even the smallest gun shows are getting thousands of visitors.

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