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.
ANTIGO - Messages of support have been pouring in throughout the state since the prom shooting tragedy in Antigo.
Two Antigo women are continuing to support the community by collecting donations not only for the family of the shooting victim, but for the family of the shooter as well.
You can find a box at the Thirsty Soul in Antigo where people are placing words of encouragement, cash, and gift cards for the Wagner and Cooper families.
Lisa Sennholz is a mother of two Antigo High School students. Her son was at prom the night of the shooting. After that night, Lisa knew that something had to be done.
"My first instinct was to do something, to actually reach out and help in some way," said Sennholz. "And I said, I just feel like we need to ask the community to rally around these families and give support."
Lisa and Diane Kondrath, the owner of the Thirsty Soul, originally just hoped to collect cards of encouragement for both the Cooper family and the Wagner family. Soon, they began to collect gift cards and other monetary donations.
"I am overwhelmed with how many people have come in, and cared for both families equally," said Kondrath.
RHINELANDER - For the last seven months, salesmen at Rhinelander's Slumberland Furniture worked in a dark, cramped warehouse. After crews tore down the old building on Stevens Street, crews were busy building a new building on the old one's footprint. That work took longer than expected, but the new Slumberland will open Saturday.
Newswatch 12 got a walk-through with the owner and store manager Friday. The new building is 19,000 square feet, offering about 2,000 sq.-ft. more than the old showroom. The new building features a more open layout with raised ceilings.
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