Horry County to be represented at ‘world’s largest’ gun show

jrodriguez@thesunnews.comOctober 16, 2013 

The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. is heading to Las Vegas in January to attend the SHOT Show – the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade show and conference for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories industry.

Brad Lofton, president and CEO of the MBREDC, told the Horry County Council at its meeting Tuesday that it plans to walk the trade show with representatives from PTR Industries – the Connecticut gun manufacturer county and economical development officials lured to Horry County earlier this year.

“Because of some of the success we’ve had with PTR and we’re fighting with Houston, Texas for Stag Arms and some other opportunities with gun manufacturing and suppliers, we’ve actually targeted gun manufacturing now,” Lofton said. “It’s a niche we didn’t think we’d compete in. We found that because of a lot of success, we’ve discovered that that is indeed an area that we could start focusing on.”

The SHOT Show is touted as “the largest trade show of its kind in the world and the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas,” according to its website. The SHOT Show features more than 1,600 exhibitors and attracts more than 62,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries, according to the show’s website.

Contact JASON M. RODRIGUEZ at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_jrodriguez.

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