Large Crowd Turns Out at Gwinnett Gun Show on Saturday

The event at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville, Ga., continues Sunday.

This article originated on Suwanee Patch

The continuing national debate on guns played out in a big way Saturday (January 26) in Gwinnett County. There was a large turnout at a gun show at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville.

According to myfoxatlanta.com, the line at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds wrapped around the complex just to get inside.

"People are starting to understand that they need to look out for their own safety," gun show vendor Bruce Greenfield said in a video with the Fox5 article.

"There's a sense of fear ..." vendor Fred Augat also said in the video.

-- Did you attend the gun show in Gwinnett on Saturday? Are you surprised by the large turnout? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The gun-control debate heated up earlier this month when President Obama proposed a series of gun-control measures. This was done in response to the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 students and six adults.

And in Gwinnett last week, Sheriff Butch Conway joined the conversation by issuing a statement urging "all law abiding citizens" to acquire the necessary skills to use a firearm safely.

Also Saturday, thousands of people marched in Washington in support of gun control, according to ABC News and other media outlets.

The Fox5 article and video noted that many at Saturday's show already were gun owners, but were concerned about certain weapons not being available if new gun control measures go into effect.

"(Gun related shootings) are not taking place because of folks you see at these shows," Augat added.

The gun show will again be at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Sunday (January 27), 10 a.m.-5 p.m., according to the promoter's website.

See also:

  • Gwinnett Sheriff Encourages 'All Law Abiding' Citizens To Acquire Firearm Skills

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warbyrd January 27, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Yeah... Pastor dumb ass has no idea about waiting around for the law he probably lives in a cush little home in a gated community payed for by his sheep... And rod you need to learn how to absorb what you read.. The people that were there that already own guns were there to buy the ones that might be banned for sale... If you own it legally after the ban is in affect they can't take it away from you.... I know you may not understand the legal part but try to keep up....
Charles January 27, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Law enforcement is under no obligation to protect you from anything. They "react" to something that has already happened. Maybe you should educate yourself more before shooting your mouth off.
Suzy Que January 27, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Nail on the head there, the government gestapo, cops love to show up in force to get their overtime money after the fat lady has sung and strut around with bullet proof vests and fully automatic weapons (real assault rifles) as if they have everything under control. The police state is to protect the elites. Watch the pigs, I mean cops who are paid with tax money escort/protect politicians, sports figures and so on. When they do show up at a peasants house after you have been robed or murdered as if it is burden to even fill out a report. No respect for the trigger happy power crazed cops, about 75% of them are that, pigs.
simisosa January 27, 2013 at 02:15 PM
May Lee, do you even know what semi-automatic means?
wildemar January 27, 2013 at 02:20 PM
2nd amendment all i need to say..i will protect right again anyone that try to take my right or ny guns..im ex military,, and i fought for those right...i retire more people than social security..and again all enemies foreign or domestic..i will come back....to protect my right.....p.s. 23 yrs services 17 deploy
Rod January 27, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Suzy Que January 27, 2013 at 02:21 PM
We will give up our high capacity magazines or assault styled rifles when the cops do, after there will be none then right. Idiot.
Ju hh January 27, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Law enforcement can not provide for the safety of individuals it's a simple matter of numbers. Every time a crime is committed a victim is created. I respect your choice to be a victim but I have no desire to become a defenseless victim Do not own a weapon if you so wish, but also do not take my weapons and ask me to be a defenseless victim have a terrific day
Suzy Que January 27, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Another idiot. The second amendment is to make sure the citizens have a means to throw out a bad government and replace it. The FEDS are trying to neuter us and the second amendment, the means for us to replace them if need be. Maybe you should move to England or Australia, tool.
Scott Siegelman January 27, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Fewer guns = more crime. Check the statistics.
Rodney January 27, 2013 at 02:29 PM
If you are going to ban certain guns and limit the capacity of magazines, it should be across the board for the whole country to include military, police, FBI, secret service, CIA etc. The only problem is the criminals will not abide by the laws thus the police will demand they need these weapons to accomplish their duties and protect themselves and the public. The laws should be applied equally then the citizens of this country can defend themselves against a tyrinacal government!
matthew January 27, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I think that people just react to things in bad way all of us the government see it as a way to end gus for home owner the mass sheep people see hate crime for the first time and think its gun fault but crimes like theschool shooting happen every day in other countries we caught a glimes and now every one is up in arms in some way no pun intended
r.lee berry January 27, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I am 62 years old a veteran (go figure) ademocrat and I love guns if we take the second amendment literally then all we could have would be blackpowder muskets. We need to address the issue of being of sound enough mind not to go out and slaughter anyone, not just kids. There have been plenty of people killed with single shot weapons in the past, so don't think magazines that hold over ten rounds. Will stop the slaughter. A loaded weapon standing in a corner will eventually rust away without hurting anyone. It is who is pulling the trigger. R. Berry
Catherine A Williamson January 27, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I just love all of the talk about the constitution and our 2nd amendment rights. Does anyone remember that when it was written our forefathers had MUSKETS.....not assault weapons and semi automatics? Let's face it....we need to first address WHY our young people are in this state of mind in the first place. Better gun contol laws would be great....reasonable ones. But we won't get the weapons out of the hands of people who get them illegally in the first place. We need to start by getting to the core of the problem. Why are our kids so messed up in the first place? This is a recent phenomenon and obviously growing problem. As a teacher I would remind everyone that its not the schools job to raise your children. Its our job to EDUCATE your children, which has become more and more difficult because of all the time we spend disciplining and correcting them when the parents should be doing this instead.
Marvin Mauldin January 27, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Gun control (confiscation ) is the last resort of ineffectual politicians (excuse the redundancy ) such as presidents, and mayors of NY and Chicago who are unable and/or unwilling to address the real problems of their constituents. Every tragedy involving firearms is a plum falling into the lap of the anti-gun fascists, I mean faction. They comb the news, drooling at every incident useful as ammunition (if they'll pardon the expression ) for their personal agenda. I wonder how many virgins they promise crazies to commit suicide this way.
wildroadhog1 January 27, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Locked and loaded
Colin C. January 27, 2013 at 02:44 PM
The truly terrifying thing in this whole mess is witnessing such a large percentage of our population suffering from serious paranoid delusions.
robin January 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM
This country is going to hell in a hand basket. Obama need to get ot of office. We as Americans should always have the right to bear arms. To protect our families ourselves and our homes. This country is going to end up like a giant prison we are going to lose all of our rights.
Catherine A Williamson January 27, 2013 at 02:51 PM
My beautiful, smart and funny daughter just turned 18 and the first thing I will do for her when she moves out on her own is get her shooting lessons and a gun to protect herself.....but there are some weapons she just doesn't need....and neither does anyone else. Can we have a modicum of reasonable thought here? Most people in favor of gun control aren't trying to take all your toys....I mean guns....away from you. We just want some reasonable restrictions. I realize its not going to solve the issues over night but it would be a darn good step in the right direction. And if responsible and legal gun owners have nothing to hide or worry about then they wouldn't care about the background checks or waiting periods. In
dc malcolm January 27, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Pastor, you really need to educate yourself on standing law, as well as the Constitution and the Federalist Essays. Most recently, the United States Supreme Court, as well as other high courts throughout the country, have ruled, on more than 10 instances, that police have NO DUTY TO PROTECT CITIZENS.
Cowboy January 27, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Colin is right.... Just take the presidenal race for example...Alot of people suffering from serious paranoid delusions got us into this mess for 4 more years... and 47% of them WONT work....
dc malcolm January 27, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Look at Egypt, right now. The citizens are fighting against a newly inserted radical leader and government. What do they have to defend themselves with against their newly inserted, Obama endorsed President? ROCKS. That's right. While they're being shot at, all the citizens have to fight back with are ROCKS. Can't wait to see what Morsi does with his new fleet of gifted U.S. F-16s and M1 tanks.
dc malcolm January 27, 2013 at 03:08 PM
The Second Amendment has NOTHING to do with hunting. You should've stayed awake in your History classes. Go beyond the 2nd Amendment and read the supporting Federalist Essays and learn what James Madison and Alexander Hamilton said about the ratification of the 2nd Amendment. IT'S NOT ABOUT HUNTING. We're not going to let the President perpetuate, yet again, another lie about our Constitution, and you shouldn't either.
RDS1952 January 27, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Way to go Georgians, you have many like minded patriotic 'citizens' in Arizona who back you on this.
dc malcolm January 27, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Not much of a problem with back ground checks. Big problem with Universal back ground checks if that translates into a national gun registry. Do get it? Look into what happened in Austraila, Great Brittian, Brazil, Germany, etc., once their Governments had their hands on that amount of information. Gun registration ultimately leads to gun confiscation. It's gun grab 101.
Steve Burns (Editor) January 27, 2013 at 04:03 PM
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rick January 27, 2013 at 06:12 PM
The second ammendment insures the validity of the first ammendment. I for one am well armed, and will not comply with a gun grab. Molon Labe.
rick January 27, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Who is we? And for you to refer to guns as toys belies your liberal mindset. Chances of you buying a gun for your daughter, if she even exists, are slim to none.
Colin C. January 27, 2013 at 06:55 PM
The way that democratic nations are taken over by dictators is really pretty simple and has been repeated throughout history. A small group begin to promote The Big Lie. They pick out a group as their scapegoats and spread fear that these, the scapegoats, are the actual "enemy" and that the small group knows the truth and will save the country. That's what happened in Germany in the 1930s, and in Russia in the 19 teens. In this case some of the big lies are: The more people who have guns the safer we all will be. (Irrational in the extreme.) The government is going to take our guns away. (No one is seriously suggesting this). The government is run by "socialists" (the scapegoats of the big lie) and is going to somehow attack us and enslave us. And, of course, our little popguns will enable us to protect ourselves from the most powerful army in the history of the world. (totally irrational). All total nonsense and the fact that so many people actually believe this stuff, in the face of such clear evidence that it simply is not true, is absolutely incomprehensible. But then, history has proven that the big lie, repeated often enough, always triumphs over reason and truth. And that fact, not the gun issue itself, is the real danger that we face in this Country.
daveUSA January 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM
We as Americans can not be disarmed! Knowing civilians have guns like the AR 15 help keep are enemys forgein and demestic at bay.


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