LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Vendors at the the Hot Springs Lion Club Gun Show say the gun control debate is pushing more people to buy knives.
"People are learning more that they don't have to depend on a gun, and that knives are a good source of defense," said knifemaker Rusty Polk.
But vendors say people are still buying more guns than knives.
"When the federal government moves in certain directions, people respond to that out of fear or concern or whatever the motivation might be," said seller Lee Floyd.
Sellers say although knives are another option for protection. They also add knives and guns are both dangerous
"A gun is no different than any kind of tool, just keep them in the right hands," said seller Dale Pierce.
Gun rights supporters say as the gun debate grows louder, the desire to carry does too.
"If you tell an American, they can't have it, by golly, they are going to go out and look for it," said Floyd.
The Lions Club Gun Show is a fundraiser, benefiting Central Arkansas charities and sight conservation. It is an annual event, happening since 1985.