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POST FALLS, Idaho -

More than 1,000 guns are set to go to public auction starting November 21. The Premier Auction Center in Post Falls, Idaho received the guns through a consignment. Auction Center co-owner Kym Nagel says she's heard of big gun collections but never to this extent.

"It's mind blowing and it still is, even logging them in now, it's just mind blowing," Nagel laughs as she looks over her shoulder, table after table is loaded with guns.

While this large collection is new to her, gun sellers like Joe Ellithorp say it's more common than you think, "They may collect strictly U.S. Military items, they may collect just a military period, Civil War, Revolutionary War, Indian wars, World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam --all of those periods are collectible periods."

Working in the business of selling guns since he was 12 and the now owner of Northwest Pony Express gun shop, Ellithorp relates collecting guns to collecting comic books.

"People invest in different ways. Firearms are a good investment," says Ellithorp.

Nagel is learning first hand about gun collection while she and her co-workers log all the guns into the federal fire arms log and catalog them into their inventory books, but the 1,000 firearms that are going to public auction is the tip of the iceberg.

"They were only going to give up 500, but it kept growing until we got more than 1,300," says Nagel. "So we're holding back 300 of those and we're going to put those on auction coming up in January, and more might be added later."

Typically the auction center only holds auctions on Fridays, but this inventory of guns is so large the public auction will last three days, and Nagel is expecting a packed house.

"Just over the last few days we've gotten about 50 calls," says Nagel.

Calls from all over Idaho and Washington, and with the recent passing of Initiative 594, which requires Washington residents to undergo criminal and public safety background checks for all gun purchases and transfers, Nagel has taken the extra steps to make sure they follow 594's new rules.

"We have teamed up with a Washington dealer and he will actually be on site so anybody from Washington that purchases, he will actually take possession of the rifles or pistols, take them over the border and they can deal with him in Washington," says Nagel.

She says she's happy they're working with a Washington dealer because it allows them to clear the guns out of their warehouse once they've been sold.

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