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National gun debate makes way to Cornell Gun Show, continues Sunday

CORNELL, Wisc. (WEAU) - The possibility of new gun restrictions has sent gun owners to the shelves, paying top dollar for what some said they believe will soon be outlawed.

"A lot of people are reacting because of the uncertainty. They're here, spending money, buying things they might not normally, because they don't know if they'll be able to in the future," David Hecht, the owner of Dave's Guns in Holmen and Cornell Gun Show vendor said.,

The debate over what the country should do about gun control has extended from Washington D.C. to Cornell, Wisconsin, where thousands filled its high school gym Saturday to get their hands on arms.

"It's bringing people in. I think people are scared, they realize that times are changing now," show promoter Marvin Kraus said.

What those changes will be are left to be seen. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to give his input on how to curb gun violence Tuesday.

"I'm going to focus on the ones that relate primarily to gun ownership, and the type of weapons we own," Biden said earlier this week.

Following last month's Connecticut school shooting, gun owners acknowledged the problem.

"There's some unstable people that need to be addressed and helped. It isn't just taking away guns from everybody, that's not going to help anything ... they have to take a comprehensive look," Hecht said.

"We know there is no single answer," Biden said.

With sales of assault weapons rising and having them for sale at the school, there was even more fuel to the debate.

"I feel like if we give (the government) an inch, they're gonna wanna take a mile ... I want the opportunity, to get access to it if I need it," Kraus said.

"It doesn't take an assault weapon to kill an animal. So that supposed slippery slope is ridiculous," Lt. Col. retired Kerm Morgan of Ladysmith said. "My concerns are that ... Those things will some day wind up being used potentially against one of my grandkids."

"I've got AK-47s and ARs. To me, they're just another rifle. There's nothing evil about the gun," Hecht said.

The gun show concludes at the high school, Sunday, running from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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