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Perhaps, nobody knows more about guns and the laws that go with them than hunters.

Right now, the Hunter and Outfitter Convention is bringing people from all over the world to the Biggest Little City.

More than 1,000 people are expected to visit Reno for the four-day event.

It's a place for old friends to catch up tell some stories, and a chance for businesses to make some money.

"It's kind of like old school week," Summersville, Missouri resident Mark Hampton said. "You get a lot of friends you haven't seen in a while and the camaraderie and the fellowship. It's just a great place to be."

Of course, the gun enthusiasts are also paying attention to the ongoing gun control debate.

With so many countries represented, each has their own set of gun laws.

"The Canadian laws are pretty similar," Crambrook, British Columbia resident Dustin Roe said. "I mean, we can't have handguns but it's not the guns that are doing anything. It's the people behind them. So, you're not going to change anything with the people by taking away the guns."

In Australia, access to firearms is not guaranteed to everyone, and you have to have a license for each gun.

"If you live in a city you've basically got to join a gun club or have a friend who is a rancher to get a gun license," Brisbane, Australia resident Andrew Webster said.

Spain has already banned high-capacity magazines.

"Normally, to get a handgun will be tough to get a license but any rifle or shotgun is fine," Madrid, Spain resident Juan Toquero said. "Semi-autos, only up to three cartridges on the magazine."

Regardless of each country's gun laws, these guys have a common bond that is more than just a hobby.

For them hunting is a way of life.

"It's a passion that people do and go out and spend time with their families, shooting guns and it's just another outdoor adventure," Roe said.

It's an adventure that also brings extra money to the local economy.

"Sometimes we will have a few days off," Toquero said. "We might go to ski."

"They're spending money on motels, food, gasoline, and stuff like that," Hampton said. "And this show is an economic engine for people in this industry."

For some of the big game it actually costs more than $50,000 just for a hunting license.

So, a lot of money is invested in the hunting industry.

The Hunters and Outfitters Convention will be back in Reno every year, at least through 2017.

Written by Paul Nelson
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