Surge of visitors packs area gun show

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Shoulder to shoulder, visitors packed into the Indiana National Guard Armory on Saturday at Freeman Field in Seymour.

Tom Allman of Brownstown, a Tri-State Gun Show consultant, said he has seen more people at recent shows, including the one in Seymour this weekend.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in 22 years,” Allman said. Still, he anticipated the strong turnout, a growing trend since the re-election of President Barack Obama last fall and reaction on both sides of the political aisle to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings last month.

“I knew we were going to have more people,” he said of the Seymour gun show, which makes four appearances in the city each year.

The trend is something Allman expects to continue, at least through spring as Congress and state assemblies debate the issue.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress, and she blamed the nation’s largest gun-rights group, the National Rifle Association, The Associated Press reported.

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