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In spite of pending legislation, gun shows everywhere draw record crowds

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Despite an eleventh-hour push for passage, the Toomey-Manchin bill to expand background checks for gun purchases failed in the Senate last week. That has gun owners and collectors flocking to gun shows all across the United States, as they fear the fight to infringe on the Second Amendment isn’t over yet, according to Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. of CNS News.

Gun owners and collectors by the thousands came to the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse.com reported on Saturday.

Some who arrived for the 9 a.m. opening of the New York State Arms Collectors Association’s show waited more than two hours to get in. A few left without bothering to pay $6 for entrance into an arcade full of guns, leather goods, sabers, knives, oil paintings and bound histories explaining the evolution of the shotgun.

In Florida, the Gun and Knife Show at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds also saw one of their largest crowds ever over the weekend, according to WEAR-TV.

Gun dealers like Eddie Monk say the proposed ‘mandated’ background checks weren’t really necessary, since most gun sellers do them anyway. “I’ve been doing gun shows for 30 years, and we never sell a gun without doing a background check and if they don’t have a carry permit there’s a three day waiting period we have to observe as well,” Monk said.

In Rapid City, North Dakota, when the doors opened at the east entrance of Rushmore Plaza Civic Center just after 9 a.m. Saturday, hundreds of people were waiting in line.

“I’ve been coming for several years, and I’ve never seen it this packed,” Lee Madison told the Rapid City Journal. “It’s bad when you’re only 10 minutes late and the line is all the way to the other doors and three or four people deep.”

Even in the liberal bastion of California, there were long lines last weekend at the Crossroads of the West gun show in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s backyard. But according to KGO-TV, this could be the last one held in the Bay Area. State Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, has proposed legislation that would require joint approval from both the county and City of San Francisco before gun shows could be held. That might not set well with local gun owners.

The organizer of the Crossroads of the West gun shows told KGO-TV… more than 10,000 people have attended the two-day event and that they will be back in June, where they expect the crowd to be even larger. That’s because of proposed legislation working its way through that they believe targets gun owners.

Watch the KGO-TV report here.

H/T: CNS News

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