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Gun Enthusiasts Flock To Monroeville Show

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — An overwhelming crowd once again showed up at a local gun show Saturday.

Thousands of gun enthusiasts showed up for the Pittsburgh Gun Show at the Monroeville Convention Center.

Gun shows have been inundated with significantly more attendees than usual since the recently proposed assault weapons ban.

Sales of many assault-type weapons have boomed since the ban was proposed as worried gun enthusiasts scramble to purchase guns that may become outlawed.

Organizers of the Monroeville gun show say they expect 10,000 visitors in a three-day period. That’s a 40 percent increase over their normal numbers says C & E Gun Shows President Steven Elliott.

“We’ve had spikes before, obviously,” Elliott said.

But Elliot says this year’s a little different. Each gun show is just a little bit bigger and a little longer.

“It’s lasting longer because they won’t let it die,” he said. “I mean it’s like they keep bringing up gun control everyday almost and the media keeps reporting it and it keeps growing and growing and growing.”

And although more people are showing up to buy guns, Elliot says the real money maker has been ammunition.

“I don’t know why,” he said.

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