KODIAK — It’s time to bring out the big guns, with Kodiak’s first gun show in years, Saturday at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center starting at 10 a.m.

The event features booths set up by vendors selling guns and accessories.

Some archery equipment will be showcased as well, although it is not meant as the main feature.

“The focus is on the guns first and foremost,” said Susan Johnson, Best Western and convention center manager. “It’s a high interest in Kodiak.”

The idea for the gun show came from Michael Horstman, a Kodiak resident and self-described gun fanatic.

“I felt we needed a gun show,” Horstman said. “There are a lot of people here that have guns, and like guns. Other cities have gun shows every year, sometimes even a couple of times a year.”

People will be able to buy, sell and trade guns at the show. Attendees can bring their own unloaded guns with them.

“If you have a particular gun that you don’t have any interest in anymore, you bring it to the show and we’ll secure it at the door,” Horstman said. “You can see if anyone is interested in buying it or trading for it at a table.”

The guns will be taken at the door and zip-tied for safety so they can’t be loaded, and then given back to owners to walk around with.

Some organizations expected to attend include the National Rifle Association, Mack’s Sport Shop, Ducks Unlimited and the Kodiak King Salmon Derby.

If the event goes over well with Kodiak residents, it may expand next year to include outside companies and other entertainment, like a gun safety seminar.

“We’re getting our feet wet because it’s the first year,” Johnson said. “Next year we might try to expand it to include outside parties if people would want to come.”

People interested in renting a booth to sell their wares can contact Susan Johnson at 907-486-5712, extension 403.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the pavilion room at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.

Contact Mirror writer Nicole Klauss at nklauss@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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