The Florida Gun Show has attracted more attendees than ever before—even as the state emerges as ground zero in the fight over gun control.
Organizers at the Florida Gun Show, which was held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, claim that nearly 7,000 people attended the event on Saturday, February 24—far more than they expected.
“Some of the people attending are afraid that future legislation will impact their gun ownership rights,” explained Florida Gun Show manager George Fernandez.
The Florida Gun Show’s record numbers comes less than two weeks after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead. The media has continued to beat the drumbeat for gun control—with many on the left arguing for an assault weapon ban and increased background checks.
Even the gun show itself was picketed by activists demanding a fix to the so-called “gun show loophole” which allows private citizens selling guns to do so without demanding a background check from their customers.
But based on the number of attendees, it’s clear that many Americans aren’t letting the latest chapter in the gun debate keep them from buying new weapons.