While the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has sparked a national discussion on gun control, more people in Illinois are buying guns. Many gun owners say they want to make sure to get a firearm before a possible ban or new laws take effect.
Larry Morse with the Illinois State Rifle Association says guns are for self-defense.
Many gun owners who were at the Belleville gun show over the weekend had specific guns in mind. Morse says lots of people were looking for military-style rifles and high capacity magazines.