24th Sioux Falls Trophy Gun Show takes place this weekend amid new constitutional carry gun law

Published: Feb. 9, 2019 at 8:58 PM CST
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The Sioux Falls Trophy Gun Show is the largest gun show in the Midwest. It’s a way for gun enthusiasts to bring their guns to show off or buy new ones. Recent legislation was widely talked about at this year’s show.

Today’s gun show was packed with hundreds of people to check out the large display of guns brought by dealers.

Dealers came from all over the country, from both coasts, the bottom of Texas all the way to Canada.

There were plenty of guns on display and some were there for a competitive competition with the National Rifle Association.

"The NRA has brought in some of their collector groups so we have collector displays. Things you probably wouldn't see except for in a museum," Gun Show Manager, Rob Moore said.

There were 1,100 tables set out with 400 dealers all over the Denny Sanford Convention Center so there were plenty guns to choose from.

"Oh we've got everything here from black power rifles to modern day sporting guns we've got rifles, shotguns, handguns," Moore added.

Aside from Saturday’s gun show guns have been a hot topic in South Dakota. Governor Kristi Noem recently signed her first bill into law for constitutional carry. That means gun owners are now able to conceal their guns without a permit starting in July.

"For those in the state that choose to carry a weapon for self-defense will no longer have to worry about how they choose to do so," Moore said.

"If my wife is walking down the street and its winter time and she wants to have her gun with her it's in her purse it would be considered a concealed carry before now she's legally allowed to do that," Moored said.

Moore said South Dakota has always been a firearm friendly state because of how rural it is.

"I think that's alright. If they don't get a concealed carry permit it doesn't mean that they're not going to carry a gun anyway," Moore added.

And while some may feel uneasy about the potential problems a law like this might open up Moore said…

"Most of the people here are cautious and law abiding citizens and their not out to do anybody harm those that do are going to be that way and we're not going to be able to stop them with legislation anyway," Moore said.

Rob added he doesn't think the state of South Dakota will have any problems with the new law since it's a firearm friendly state.

The gun show will be open again Sunday. Doors open at 9 AM.