Guns line a table as people browse the Clovis Evening Lions Club Gun & Collectible Show Saturday at the National Guard Armory. The show continues Sunday. CNJ photo: Eric Kluthe Armory.
By Darrell Todd Maurina
It’s been many years since the Lions brought a gun and collectibles show to Clovis, but organizers said the weekend event at the National Guard Armory has been a success.
For a $3 entry fee, show patrons can browse hundreds of long guns and handguns available for sale as well as ammunition, hunting supplies, hunting knives, and even a sword. That’s not all available for sale — event organizer Stacey Hodges said that most of the sales come from guns and other items related to hunting, but more than a dozen different vendors turned out and some vendors brought crafts and collector’s items rather than weapons.
As of mid-afternoon Saturday, more than 400 people had visited the armory and the event will repeat today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hodges, who serves as the Lions’ Club president for Alamogordo, said he takes charge of coordinating Lions Club-sponsored gun shows throughout the state, running about 12 to 15 per year.
“New Mexico is one of the leading states that don’t have a lot of gun laws, we have a lot of hunting and fishing, and we serve a market,” Hodges said. “At this show, you’re looking at 65 to 75 percent firearms sales, and the remainder other items.”
Hodges said the idea behind selling other hunting items and collectible is to make the gun show family-friendly so hunting enthusiasts bring their spouses and children who may be interested in buying something other than a gun.
Clovis Evening Lions Club president Merle Terry said he was happy with the turnout.
“This is our first time we’ve hosted (the gun show) as the Lions and we hope to make it an annual event,” Terry said. “We are always looking for fundraisers.”
Terry said the community benefits because money raised by the Lions goes to such projects as helping children get glasses who need them for school.
“Nobody gets paid anything, this is just us serving because we like everybody,” Terry said.