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When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry’s largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn’t envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress took office.
About 1,600 people, including industry media, fired the latest handguns, shotguns and rifles by some of the biggest gun makers, making the normally quiet Mojave desert terrain sound like a war zone.
The four-day trade show is the industry’s business-to-business equivalent of Black Friday, as manufacturers and wholesalers pen multi-million dollar deals with retailers and law enforcement agencies for firearms, ammunition and accessories such as holsters and scopes.