Florida gun show sees ‘record number’ after the Park shooting at a school

FILE photo of firearms for sale at the Great Lakes outdoor Supply, Middlefield, Ohio.


Florida Gun Show organizers said they have never had so many people attending one of their events, in the middle of the legislator in the Sunshine state calls for stricter gun laws.

The gun show in the weekend, drew nearly 7,000 participants to the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, just two weeks after the deadly marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that 17 people were killed.

“Some of the people who are afraid that the future legislation will have an impact on their gun rights,” gun show manager, George Fernandez, told WTSP.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called for stricter gun laws on the so-called “gun show loophole” which allows people to purchase a gun at one of these events without getting a background check in addition to an assault weapons ban.

FLORIDA GUN SHOW I the Organizers say that they saw yesterday, a record number of almost 7k people to see and they expect more today! They tell me that they do not support a ban on assault rifles, but more the laws for mental health. @10NewsWTSP

— Shannon Valladolid (@ShannonMarieTV) 25 February 2018

Nelson told the local news station that the number of deaths has increased since the NRA killed the law in 2004.

Fernandez took issue with Nelson’s push because he said that it would not have stopped the massacre in the Park shooting at a school. He said that the shooter had mental problems and should there be laid down by the law enforcement from the beginning.

He added that 95 percent of the vendors at the show were required to perform the background checks, because they are licensed dealers, but the other five percent are private citizens.

The company cancelled their gun show next month in Fort Lauderdale after Mayor Jack Seiler asked to be closed out of respect for the Park victims, but they are planning to have another sponsor from the Tampa show in late April or early June.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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