From the Hendersonville Times-News
by Joey Millwod
Mike Kent has owned the Asheville Gun Show for 20 years, and Saturday was the first time he’s seen potential buyers line up at 6:30 a.m. to enter the gates at 9.
“The crowds have increased at all of our shows since the election,” the veteran gun show organizer said as he stood outside the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. Shoppers are buying more assault rifles and handguns for self-defense, Kent added.
Kent was manning the check-in table Saturday morning as guests pulled guns out of an assortment of bags, holsters and pockets before they entered the exhibition center.
People in line moved forward, checked in guns, paid admission and got a stamp that said, “Gun.”
Kent said a major reason for the increased traffic, aside from the re-election of President Barack Obama, is the national debate brought on by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.