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Mason City Gun Show demand reflects nationwide increase in firearm sales

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MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- Gun sales have been on the rise but January was the third highest monthly total on record.

This weekend, the Mason City Gun Show is helping hundreds of people become new gun owners as well as raise money for the River City Rifle and Pistol Club.

The demand for guns soared in 2020 with nearly 23 million total being sold according to background check numbers.

Saturday, many vendors at the north Iowa show told us they are going through most of their inventory pretty quickly.

"Noticed sales are up. Who knows with our current political climate and the pandemic? There's millions of new gun owners across America. They're all looking for ammo, training and somewhere to safely," said one member of the River City Rifle and Pistol Club. "That's what we're all about. We have our own range. This is our fundraiser for the range."

The Mason City Gun Show also featured knives, which saw sales increase last year as well. According to an industry survey, 71 percent of knife makers say sales went up in 2020.

The River City Rifle and Pistol Club has been around since 1968 and operates a range near Clear Lake for their members.

The Mason City Gun Show continues Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Minnesota saw the 10th highest increase gun sales in 2020. Michigan was top according to data from national criminal background checks. There was no mention of Iowa as one of the top 10 states to see an increase in gun sales.

Alex Tejada

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