By Marissa High & Mallory Londeck
Ingham County Chronicle staff writers
MASON — The Gun and Knife Show was held at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason on Feb. 10-12.Doug Carl, who has been the promoter of the Gun and Knife Show for 25 years, said that the show serves as a forum for antique firearm and collectors.</div>
The show has moved from the Lansing Center to the Ingham County Fairgrounds over the years, and usually draws thousands over a weekend, he said.
History that is not taught in schools can be learned at this show. Firearms from the pre-civil war period to the current can be found at the show, he said.
The show attracted a diverse crowd including families and people of all ages. Some came looking to buy, and others attended just to trade or browse.
“I’ve been coming to gun shows since I was old enough to purchase a weapon,” said one attendant who preferred to remain anonymous. “Shows like this really keep the community together. It gives people a chance to talk to and socialize,” he said.
Hundreds of vendors set up booths at the event, selling guns and knives and related paraphernalia.
Many vendors came to sell or trade weapons as a hobby or out of personal interest. For others, selling is a business.
“I make money doing this, this is how I make my living,” said an anonymous vendor. He travels to shows all over the country and typically makes $2,000 to $5,000 per show, he said.
The Gun and Knife Show presents a good opportunity to raise money for both MSU ROTC and homeless veterans, Carl said.
Eric Hill, a MSU ROTC sophomore, said MSU ROTC is raising funds to send a team to the 2012 US Army Small Arms Championship for the first time. Previously, the team would be unable to go due to the timing of MSU’s spring break.
Fudge and candy were sold at the event with the proceeds going to homeless veterans.