Even in the largest of gun shops throughout the region, no larger variety of firearms, security systems, knives and collectibles could be found beneath one roof last weekend than at Franklin’s Gem Capitol Gun Show.
Held on Saturday and Sunday at the Macon County Community Facilities Building, thousands of gun enthusiasts from near and far came to see what more than 50 vendors had to offer at the show.
“This is some of the best shopping around,” said Clayton, Georgia resident Mike Betts on Sunday, who explained he would be teaching his 12-year old son the basics of firearms for this upcoming winter. I found some great rifles for him to learn on … There is a lot to offer.”
Those attending last weekend’s event could view all manner of firearms, from hunting rifles to assault rifles to sidearms for personal defense.
Like the vast selection of various arms and accessories, there was also no shortage of visitors to the delight of many vendors.
“Business is good,” said Jason Morgan, of Franklinbased dealer Black Dog guns. Morgan and the rest of his crew have attended every show since its inception in 2007. “This show is becoming established and is recognized everywhere as a major gun show. We’re seeing people come from as far as Asheville and Atlanta.” He estimated a thousand people visited on Saturday, though the turnout on Sunday was much slimmer.
Gun show organizer Ron Haven said attendance was good for the event, with lines reaching out the entrance of the venue on Saturday. Vendor sales, he admitted, may have been higher for some dealers than for others.
“We’ve had people come from all over,” Haven said. “Asheville, Georgia … We’ve had people from all over.” Haven not only helped put the event together, but also set up a table of his own, hoping to get rid of a few rifles. “There’s been a nice, steady flow [of customers] throughout the show. I’m proud of the turnout.”