By Mike Kent-The January edition of the Asheville Gun and Knife Show is always our biggest show of the year and this one did not disappoint. Vendors were ecstatic as over 5000 attendees poured into the WNC Ag Center to spend their Christmas money on guns, ammo, knives and shooting supplies and accessories. The more popular rifles and handguns were readily available and sales were brisk as prices have settled back down after the panic buying encountered during the first 3 months of 2013. Many attendees were first time gun buyers who have become concerned about rising crime rates, personal protection and the possibility of more government regulations on the purchase and ownership of firearms. Several local gun shops and gun ranges were represented with experts on hand to guide purchasers through the background check process and offer tips on what firearms might best fit their needs and how to obtain their concealed carry permits. Overall the show was a huge success and we are looking forward to our next event at the WNC Ag Center on March 8th & 9th.
Editor’s Note: It’s interesting to observe that it is largely due to the City Council’s efforts to run the show out of the Asheville Civic Center that it has become more successful than ever. Does this speak well for the City Council?