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Indiana Fairgrounds prepares for big gun show following presidential announcement

One of the biggest gun and knife shows in the Midwest is expected to draw record crowds this weekend in Indianapolis.

“We’ve been here 30 years. This is our 117th gun show. These are great family affairs and if you’ve never been to a gun show, please come out,” said Ashley Varner of the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show.

The Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show opens Friday and runs this weekend at the South Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It is the first of five shows scheduled this year with 250 vendors selling everything from rifles and shotguns to handguns and ammunition.

Gun shops all over Central Indiana say they have been extremely busy over the past couple of months and have gotten even busier since President Obama announced his plan to reduce gun violence. Gun owners are rushing out to buy items they think could be banned in the future.

“You have law-abiding gun owners coming out here. They are concerned, talking and sharing ideas and they are purchasing firearms because they don’t know what the plan is going to be,” said Varner.

The run on guns and ammo across the nation has some law enforcement departments seeing a shortage in the ammunition they use to train officers. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said the shortage is not affecting officers on the streets in Indianapolis.


4 Comments to “Indiana Fairgrounds prepares for big gun show following presidential announcement”

    MeatPlow said:
    January 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I think the police department will somehow manage to get ammo, no problem there.

    btw, Obama is a putz

    jim crawford said:
    January 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    AHAAHAA MeatPlow thats a good one ! Im takin a rotory clip for an AK , and Im lookin to trade it for somtnin reeeeal nice !

    Aaron said:
    January 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    As all unbiased statistical data will show; Police departments won't need as much ammo if more Americans are trained and legal gun owners. Walk quiet, be polite, and carry a big stick.

    Amanda said:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    My dad and i are going Sunday! im excited!