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FARMINGTON — Karen Stalcup, an organizer of the San Juan Wildlife Federation's Gun and Knife Show, says the annual event provides a wider selection of firearms for people to purchase than many stores.

The Gun and Knife Show kicked off tonight and will continue through Sunday afternoon at McGee Park, 41 County Road 5568. The show will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There is a $5 entrance fee or $4 for members of the National Rifle Association.

Bond Kenney, a San Juan Wildlife Federation board member, said the show allows people to buy, swap and sell guns. He said people bringing guns to the show should have them unloaded and will have to check the guns when they arrive.

"People come in and purchase guns as long as they abide by laws," Stalcup said.

She said people buying guns must pass a background check, and people buying handguns have to be at least 18 years old.

One of the longtime vendors at the show is Robert "Bud" Light from Rio Rancho, a gun collector who has attended the event for almost 10 years.

"I like the people," he said. "I always have a good time when I come up here."

Light's collection includes a 1943 Remington Rand that he said was likely used during World War II. He said the $2,000 gun is one of his favorite guns he brought to the show. Light bought the gun during a show when he saw someone walking by his table with it.

"I look at a gun as a history lesson, not as an instrument to kill," he said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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