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Record Breaking Turnout for Yakima's Gun Show

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YAKIMA, Wash.--There was hardly a parking space to spare all weekend during Yakima's Gun Show.

Brian Kjensmo, the gun show organizer, said this year's record breaking turnout can be attributed to the panic over stricter gun control laws.

He said ammunition prices and sales have doubled since December. Warehouses sit empty as manufacturers try to keep up with the demand.

Dale Launer started collecting guns when he was just a little boy. Now he's looking for that perfect one to add to his assembly.

"The pursuit of finding that rare item and finding that old Luger or finding that old Colt. That's the fun part."

Like Launer, many people in attendance are looking for that special piece, full of history. But for others, this is their first time ever purchasing a gun.

"We're seeing a lot of people who've never owned a firearm before or have very little exposure to firearms," said Kjensmo. "A lot of elderly people who have come in and are wanting to purchase a firearm for their own personal defense."

The gun show organizer said this doesn't come as a surprise. He said President Obama's recent focus on stricter gun control incites people to pick up as many guns and ammunition as they can.

"I don't think I've ever seen a time in the 14 years that we've been in business that the American public has geared up the way they have at this point in time," said Kjensmo.

"A lot of people have waited and didn't buy some stuff, and now they're kind of getting told they can't have it," said Launer. "I think in America if you tell an American he can't have it he wants it."

Of course there are some people who don't want any part of it. Members of the Yakima Valley Peace Advocates Network protest against the no-background-checks, often referred to as the "gun show loophole."

In response to the protests, Kjensmo said the vendors are very responsible and constantly look out for criminal activity.

He said they'll never hesitate to call local law enforcement if there's a problem.