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Controversial Gun Show Sees High Sales after Sandy Hook

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The Bayfront Convention Center hosted a gun show this weekend.

"I came because of the fear of what's gonna happen with gun control," said Mary Szymanowski of Erie.

Gun show promoter Robert Elliot of C&E Gun Shows said that's been driving up gun sales since the Sandy Hook school shooting.

"There's a lot of anti gun-legislation being introduced," he said, "gun laws are through the roof."

"We went from 1000 to 100 or so in two weeks," said Enoch Blackburn, who works for Ultra Firearms.

Holding the gun show weeks after the second deadliest school shooting in American history was controversial.

"There are some people out there that definitely think we shouldn't be doing this," said Elliot, "but we've been doing it for 40 years."

To buy a gun in Pennsylvania, you have to go through an extensive background check. Vendors said most guns used for crime are obtained illegally.

"The statistics show less than two percent of guns used in crimes come from gun shows," assured Elliot.

That's probably because of the thorough process you have to go through, to purchase a gun at a show like this.

Once you select the gun you want, you have to go through state and federal paperwork. The vendors run a background check, to make sure there are no felonies or other reasons that you can't own a gun. Even a DUI on your record will stop you from getting a firearm.  

People at the show felt that this, along with the gun laws in place, was sufficient control.

"It's not the gun, it's the person behind the gun," said Doug Beatty of Brookfield.

Speelberg agreed, saying "If they enforce the laws there isn't a problem... the laws are on the books, all they have to do is enforce them."

The gun show will continue Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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