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Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons

A dealer displays firearms for sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

A dealer displays firearms for sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

A dealer displays firearms for sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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People look over a table of handguns for sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

People look over a table of handguns for sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

People look over a table of handguns for sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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A man shows a Ruger Mini 14 rifle in .223 caliber that he purchased at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

A man shows a Ruger Mini 14 rifle in .223 caliber that he purchased at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

A man shows a Ruger Mini 14 rifle in .223 caliber that he purchased at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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Off-duty police officers hired by the show operate a checkpoint to make sure all weapons are unloaded before participants, who sometimes bring in firearms to sell, can enter a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Off-duty police officers hired by the show operate a checkpoint to make sure all weapons are unloaded before participants, who sometimes bring in firearms to sell, can enter a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Off-duty police officers hired by the show operate a checkpoint to make sure all weapons are unloaded before participants, who sometimes bring in firearms to sell, can enter a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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Rex Kehrli, the president of RK Shows, poses at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. Kehrli hopes that Americans will have a calm discussion about future gun laws. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Rex Kehrli, the president of RK Shows, poses at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. Kehrli hopes that Americans will have a calm discussion about future gun laws. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Rex Kehrli, the president of RK Shows, poses at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. Kehrli hopes that Americans will have a calm discussion about future gun laws. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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Jessica Schiwitz, who works for a gun dealer, holds her Yorkshire terrier "Sophie" as she waits on customers at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Jessica Schiwitz, who works for a gun dealer, holds her Yorkshire terrier "Sophie" as she waits on customers at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Jessica Schiwitz, who works for a gun dealer, holds her Yorkshire terrier "Sophie" as she waits on customers at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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Laura Downing (R) fills out paperwork to purchase firearms as her husband Jerry swipes a credit card at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. Most dealers tend to be small family operations. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Laura Downing (R) fills out paperwork to purchase firearms as her husband Jerry swipes a credit card at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. Most dealers tend to be small family operations. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Laura Downing (R) fills out paperwork to purchase firearms as her husband Jerry swipes a credit card at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. Most dealers tend to be small family operations. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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A man carrying a rifle for sale looks at military fatigues at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

A man carrying a rifle for sale looks at military fatigues at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

A man carrying a rifle for sale looks at military fatigues at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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The "Missouri Militia" has a table to sign up recruits at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

The "Missouri Militia" has a table to sign up recruits at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

The "Missouri Militia" has a table to sign up recruits at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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A semi-automatic VZ58 (bottom) and BB guns are seen on a dealer's table at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

A semi-automatic VZ58 (bottom) and BB guns are seen on a dealer's table at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

A semi-automatic VZ58 (bottom) and BB guns are seen on a dealer's table at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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Boxes of ammunition are seen at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Boxes of ammunition are seen at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Boxes of ammunition are seen at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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An Armalite 50 caliber rifle is seen on sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

An Armalite 50 caliber rifle is seen on sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

An Armalite 50 caliber rifle is seen on sale at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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Firearm magazines are seen on a table at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Firearm magazines are seen on a table at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Firearm magazines are seen on a table at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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Signs barring cameras and loaded concealed carry weapons are seen at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Signs barring cameras and loaded concealed carry weapons are seen at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

Signs barring cameras and loaded concealed carry weapons are seen at a gun show in Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
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