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Las Vegas Expects Over 60,000 Attendees of Large Gun Show

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is holding the first major arms show of the year in Las Vegas, and it seems to be quite popular. In fact, around 64,000 people are expected to attend the show being held at the Sands Expo Center.

Organizers say "enhanced pre-screening" brought attendance down from 67,000 in 2015. Arms companies from all over the world will be showcasing their latest products such as assault rifles, machine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles and revolutionary war-style black powder rifles. The show is focused on those involved with the industry.

Organizers said "We know from long experience that attendance at the SHOT Show is a reflection of the state of our industry. This second highest attendance is in keeping with what we saw in the past year — that our industry is in good health and that manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers have a positive outlook for this year."

In addition, over 1,600 companies paid to exhibit their offerings.

Steve Sanetti, President and CEO Of the NSSF said, "Much of the public and the media are woefully misinformed about who we are and all that we do about genuine gun safety. Some pundits state that the shooting sports are 'in retreat.' Well, look at the facts. Last year’s SHOT Show, one of the fastest growing trade shows in the nation, had its highest attendance and satisfaction levels ever; the number of federally licensed firearms dealers is growing; firearm sales experienced the second highest year ever and ammunition sales continue at near record levels; firearms permit and safety classes report long waiting lists; and the number of apprentice hunting licenses increased to well over one million. If this is a 'retreat,' as those who see no appeal in what we do have alleged, I truly wonder what an advance would look like."

According to a survey conducted by the NSSF, a growing number of women are buying firearms describing them as the 'fastest growing segment' in shooting sports.

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