Gun show fans flock to event
Standing under 5 feet tall and weighing just 85 pounds, Mary Hoselton said she carries her handgun, a Smith & Wesson .38 special, everywhere.
Everywhere, except the gun show.
Hoselton and her husband wandered between tables of rifles, pistols, knives and memorabilia Saturday during the Colorado Springs Gun & Knife Show at the Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. To them, the event is just as much social as it is educational, she said. It’s also an opportunity to hunt for anything they might need to buy.
Each of the hundreds of customers passing through the center’s doors were quickly asked if they were carrying a weapon. Had Hoselton brought her pistol, she said, it would have been tagged and a zip tie would have been placed behind the trigger to keep the weapon from being fired.
It’s not worth the hassle, Hoselton said.
“And I know I’m safe here,” she added.
Business was steady Saturday for the gun show, which will last through Sunday, said Kevin Hummer, CEO of both the show and the event center.
Steady, but not booming. Not like it was during President Barack Obama’s administration, Hummer said.
“Oh my God, it was crazy,” he said.
During Obama’s administration prices and availability fluctuated heavily because so many gun owners were afraid of tightening regulations or of their weapons being confiscated, Hummer said.
But with President Donald Trump, it’s a different story, he said. Prices have flattened. The market’s volatility has died down.
“Now’s the time to buy guns and ammunition, because it’s so stable right now,” he said. “Now people feel safe with their guns. You have confidence out there. They don’t have the fear of their guns being regulated down.”
During Obama’s two terms as president, no single piece of legislation significantly restricting gun owners’ rights was enacted.
One piece of recent legislation has made a significant impact on Tim Henry’s business, though.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bipartisan bill into law in March ending the state’s ban on switchblades and gravity knives, which can be opened quickly from a concealed position. The law took effect on Wednesday, which brought Henry and his Arizona-based business, Big Boy Knives, into town.
“Just like when we were in school,” Henry said to one gray-haired man examining a switchblade.