Hundreds turn out for gun show in Fort Lauderdale

Published On: May 05 2013 08:15:12 AM EDT
Updated On: May 05 2013 11:13:20 PM EDT

The gun control debate in Washington, D.C. is drawing crowds to gun shows across the country, including the Fort Lauderdale Gun Show this weekend.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla -

Hundreds of people turned out for day two of the Suncoast Gun Show in Fort Lauderdale, Sunday.

The event at the War Memorial Auditorium was held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Houston, the National Rifle Association held its annual meeting also this weekend, where gun rights supporters celebrated the defeat of the gun control bill that the U.S. Senate voted down in April.

“We should never confuse winning a battle with winning the war,” said NRA President, David Keene. 

Existing federal law allows potential gun owners at events like the gun show to bypass the system and purchase a gun without a background check or a cooling off period.

Despite tragic events fueled by gun violence, like the Sandy Hook School Massacre, the NRA is not backing down.

"This president is flying in grieving parents on Air Force One and making them perpetual backdrops,” said former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin.

It's a debate that is far from over.

"Really in the last two years there has been two million gun sales that have been stopped because of background checks," said an attendee from last year's gun show.

"If kids want cigarettes they are going to find them, if criminals want guns they are going to find them," said another attendee from last year's gun show.

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