Bigger turnout than expected at Rocky Mountain Gun Show

Aug 23 2009 - 12:53am

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(DAVIS ARCHIBALD/Contributed photograph)
(DAVIS ARCHIBALD/Contributed photograph)

LAYTON -- Kourosh Haroni and Mitch McKinlay didn't expect a turnout quite as big as they got Saturday for their first Rocky Mountain Gun Show held at the Davis County Conference Center.

Haroni said by 10:30 a.m. they already had 2,000 people pass through the doors that opened at 9 a.m. into a maze of booths filled with guns, clips, ammunition and other accessories.

"We're getting so many," Haroni said. "It's crazy."

The event, which ran until 5 p.m. Saturday and will continue today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., isn't geared toward one specific genre of gun owners or people, Haroni said.

"It's for everybody," he said, pointing out a Scentsy candle booth and jewelry booths. "But mainly for those looking for guns, clips, and ammo."

The booths that filled the conference center represented a wide array of guns and ammunition, with equipment and guns available for those who were seeking hunting rifles, or looking to purchase a hand gun. There were also hunting accessories, dried food storage, jewelry and sunglasses booths featured.

Concealed weapons permit classes were held Saturday, and will be held again today, Haroni said. The cost for the class is $50.

Brothers Blake and Brandon Marsh, both from Roy, said they came to the gun show to find ammunition and a hard-to-find gun.

"I was looking for a gun that was sold-out in stores," Brandon said while taking a stop in front of the concession stands.

Brandon said he hadn't found the gun yet at the show. The brothers said they both own three guns each, including handguns and hunting rifles.

Brandon said he received his concealed carry permit about two years ago, and kept the guns to help him stay safe.

"I just think it's nice for protection," he said.

Blake agreed the main reason he owns his guns is also for safety.

"It gives a sense of security," he said.

Haroni said he didn't expect to see so many people come to the event, but said the demand for guns and ammunition is skyrocketing. He said gun popularity is probably increasing because of President Barack Obama's discussion of gun control.

"We supply for demand," he said. "The demand for guns and ammo is very high. They can't get enough of it -- it's non-stop."

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