Gun vendor says hand guns popular; more women buying

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Crowds flocked to the Classic Arms Productions Gun and Knife show today to buy, sell, trade or even browse everything from ammo, handguns, to hand made knives and more. Vendor Laurie Martin runs a gun store out of Ellisville, Mississippi. She said this year she's seen more women buying guns.

"We've had a lot of women purchasing weapons to have in their home. There's a lot of single women with children. They feel like they need something in their home to be able to protect themselves without a man there," gun vendor Laurie Martin said.

"You should be armed especially inside your home because there are a lot of break ins a lot of bad people around," attendee Judy Rhine said.

Rhine said she's a long time gun owner keeping her guns for protection and for sport. But she says while guns can provide a piece of mind and entertainment they must also come with training.

"I think that you should not carry a gun or have anything to do with a gun until you learn about the gun and understand it and I would take lessons somewhere," Rhine said.

And while all types of guns are featured at the gun show, Martin said she's a seen a popular trend with her customers.

"Handguns have definitely been a popular item. Always after an election, gun sales go up," Martin said.

She said there's also been an increase in ammo purchases. So whether you purchase a gun for protection or for sports, gun advocates said first time gun buyers should give themselves the piece of mind of learning how to properly operate their gun before drawing money to buy one.

The gun show wraps up Sunday at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum. The doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

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