Higher Prices, Less Variety Expected At Local Gun Show

Whenever organizers set up shop for the Wichita Falls Gun & Knife Show it usually becomes the hottest ticket in town.

"Well they got guns that you don't usually see and you can buy all the ammunition you want for your guns too," said one local gun owner.

But this year the local gun show is expected to be the biggest one in the city's history. Ever since President Barack Obama first spoke out about tougher gun control laws, weapons have been flying off the shelves. But there's a catch that comes with that. Joe Tom White is one of the coordinators for this local event and he says this is not going to be your typical gun show.

"You got so many different dealers and operators there that you can get them to compare back and forth, well I can buy it over here for $20 cheaper. Well, ok I'll match that. I don't think you're going to see much of that in this upcoming show. I think if you see it, you better get it," said White.

The problem is many vendors are completely sold out on certain calibers of rifles and ammunition. Specifically assault weapons and high capacity rounds since the president asked congress on Wednesday to ban them. This isn't sitting well with some Texomans.

"Yeah there will be people disappointed, people that are looking for a certain thing and they won't be able to get it. For example in this town as far as I know there's not a single block or brick of 22 ammunition for sale," said a local gun owner.

And White says, "The suppliers are telling the dealers they're back ordered and don't have it. Well if you don't have it then the price does jump up on the few you do have."

That's exactly what's happening. Expect to spend a lot more money at the gun show. A rifle that used to cost $600 might now cost you up to $1,400.

White says, "Some people are already saying that the president is the best gun salesman we've ever had because of the demand."

You can place orders at the gun show but just expect to wait a long time for it because gun sales haven't been this high in decades.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6