FLORIDA: Record Crowd Turns Out For Gun Show

Tampa’s ABC affiliate reports:

Thousands of gun enthusiasts — more so than ever — flocked to the Florida State Fairgrounds for the Florida Gun Show event. Organizers say they had a record number of people attend the event on Saturday, Feb. 24, almost 7,000, and expected more Sunday. The manager for the Florida Gun Show, George Fernandez, says they’ve never seen such a big crowd.

The company canceled the show in Fort Lauderdale next month after the mayor asked them to show respect to the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting earlier this month. With the heated debate over gun control staying front and center, Fernandez expressed concerns over proposed gun laws possibly restricting gun owners.

Florida lawmakers, like U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, want stricter laws to fix the so-called “gun show loophole,” which allows people to buy a gun at one of these events without getting a background check.