Local Outdoor reporter Gary Lewis says there was a shift in emphasis this year at a huge national gun show held on the Vegas strip last week. About 60,000 people attended the annual "National Shooting Sports Foundation" show.
Gary Lewis was on 1110 KBND's Your Town on Wednesday morning. He attends the show every year and says things were different this year.
Besides a lot of talk and concern about new gun control laws, there was alos a change in focus away from military gear. He believes this is because of the huge drawdown of troops in the Middle East. The show is not for the general public, but rather gun industry insiders.
" BUT THERE'S ALSO A SHIFT THIS YEAR FROM COMPANIES- they offer things other than guns like ACCESSORIES, LIGHTS, EMERGENCY SUPPLIES (etc.) There's a SHIFT IN EMPHASIS away from the military gear, WHICH WAS PRETTY LARGE, now there's MORE OF A FOCUS ON CIVILIAN AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MARKETS HERE AND AROUND THE WORLD."
This year on the heels of the Sandy Hook school shooting the group received so many media request to cover the show that they ended up having to restrict media access. Lewis has attended the show for the past 10 years.