Recent shootings impact gun show sales

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Updated: 1/07/2013 9:22 am Published: 1/05/2013 7:11 pm

Four gun shows an hour outside Newtown, Connecticut have been canceled.

A mayor in Vermont is also calling for a ban on military style assault weapons at another gun show.

However, closer to home, such as at the Expo center, continue to sell tickets continue for the gun show.

Many people attending the show over the weekend say they're concerned about their rights and believe new gun laws could trigger an even bigger problem.

"It seemed like for some of the assault rifles it's gone up in price," said Kirby Ellis, a National Rifle Association Firearm Instructor.

Cameras weren't allowed in the gun show but Ellis says he's seen a difference in assault rifle prices in just a month.

"I used to see it for 800 bucks, now you see at a bare minimum of $1,200."

Others have seen prices much higher at $3,000. Ellis told FOX23 he believes the gun regulations being discussed now after the deadly school shooting in Newtown is the driving force because people don't want to be left unprotected.

"The right to defend yourself is a basic human need," Jeff Murdock, a gun owner.

He refuses to give up that right.

"Its basic human fundamentals, people are going to be violent, you got to have the right to defend yourself if you're going to survive," said Murdock.

He owns a semi-automatic AR-15. Its looks like an assault rifle but the difference is, the military style weapons have a selector switch that allows the shooter to fire only a burst of three rounds or empty the entire magazine.

Murdock doesn't believe these should be taken away.

"I don't think it's fair for people who are law abiding to deny them the ability to enjoy their hobby,” said Murdock.
"Firearms are an inanimate object. They basically don't do anything unless they are instructed to do so," said Ellis.

There are 145,000 people in Oklahoma registered to carry a gun.

The open carry law, which has been in effect since November, requires you to present your permit to law enforcement if asked.

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