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Machine Gun Shoot<br />
Knob Creek<br />
Westpoint, Kentucky<br />
USA<br />
April 3, 2009<br />
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Nearly 16,000 people attend the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot & Military Gun Show. It is the largest gathering of Civilian owned machine guns in the world. The gun show has over 700 tables with machine guns, military surplus, ammo, hard to find parts & pieces and regular firearms and supplies.<br />
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Firearms sales have surged in the six months since Obama's election as millions of Americans have gone on a buying spree that has stripped gun shops in some parts of the country almost bare of assault weapons and led to a national ammunition shortage.<br />
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The FBI says that since November more than seven million people applied for criminal background checks in order to buy weapons, a figure excluding the many more buying at thousands of gun shows in states such as Virginia, without facing any checks.<br />
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Gun-shop owners and the National Rifle Association say the surge is driven by worries that Obama is planning to ban many types of firearms and that the deepening economic crisis will fuel a crime wave, as witnessed by the string of mass shootings in the past few weeks.<br />
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But control groups pressing for greater control on firearms accuse the NRA of funding a massive scare campaign to portray Obama as a gun owner's worst nightmare and to argue that tighter restrictions on weapons ownership are a threat to broader liberties and a step toward tyranny.