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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dozens of people were at the Hasan Temple Sunday for the Gunrunner Gun and Knife show. While some people have expressed concerns that the government shutdown will slow down the purchase of firearms, vendors at the show say that's not the case.

While some people have expressed concerns the government shutdown will delay the purchase of firearms, it was business as usual at this weekend's Gun and Knife show.

"We really haven't noticed any difference. Our background checks are going right through when we call them in. We do all ours on a computer system," said George Mazzant, On the Square Guns.

Vendors say people who need background checks should not be concerned.

"Because the national instant criminal background system is run by civilian contractors," said Steven Drew, Georgia Loan and Guns.

Steven Drew of Georgia Loan and Guns say he hasn't seen any problems, and gun sales are strong. 

"It is a retail business. The gun shows have a concentration of motivated buyers and we actually use the gun shows as an avenue to buy merchandise," said Steven Drew, Georgia Loan and Guns.

Vendors say background checks follows a strict policy to ensure firearms won't end up in the wrong hands.

"It's important that they tracked properly and with the government shutting down, If NICS would have, it would have put all the gun dealers in a pinch," said George Mazzant, On the Square Guns.

He says a person can be approved to purchase a firearm in less than 10 minutes. The Gunrunner Show will be back in Albany January 11 and 12, 2014.

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