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Gun sales surge at Waterloo gun show


More than 50 vendors are in Waterloo for a gun show at the National Cattle Congress.

While most vendors are happy to see a surge in sales, many of them said they're having a tough time replacing their sold inventory.

"There's such a high demand for it now, and gun companies can't keep up. They can't produce fast enough," said Nick Gabriel, owner of Gabe's Gun Shop in Williamsburg.

Gabriel said he believes the tragedy in Connecticut has sparked the surge in sales, particularly with assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns.

"Unfortunately because of the recent events and legislation wanting to possibly ban high capacity magazines, ban assault rifles...there's a lot of concerned citizens," Gabriel said.

Gary Boswell is the owner of Boswell's Guns and Ammo. He said he's also seen a surge in business.

He said the massacre at Sandy Hook has renewed the government's interest in banning guns and banning ammo.

"That means there's going to be this surge in buying because people are afraid they're not going to be able to get it," he said.

For gun collectors like Scott Wubbena of Waterloo, the lack of supply has an impact on his wallet.

Wubbena has been a gun collector since he was a kid, and he said he's seen a price jump as the demand for guns and ammunition has increased.

"I don't get the guns I want at a cheap price," he said.

Organizers for the gun show in Waterloo said there has been a steady crowd since Friday.

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