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Record Attendance at Florida Gun Show Despite Political Attacks on NRA, Gun Owners

Record Attendance at Florida Gun Show Despite Political Attacks on NRA, Gun Owners

Keep on pushing lefties. Attacks on the second amendment drive gun sales through the roof.

On Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old murdered 17 kids at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Since then, the media has flaunted survivors and their families who vocalize an anti-NRA and anti-gun message.

Despite these efforts, a gun show in Tampa, FL, had record attendance this past weekend with as many as 7,000 people on Saturday.

It seems the more the left pushes gun control, the more people go out and purchase guns.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has called to end the supposed “gun show loophole” and ban weapons like the AR-15, which Cruz used in his massacre.

Florida Gun Show manager George Fernandez disagrees with Nelson. In fact, 95% of the sellers have to run background checks at the gun show since they’re licensed dealers. The other 5% are private sellers, BUT they have to run a background check as well since Hillsborough County, the home of Tampa, requires those private sellers to conduct a background check.

Fernandez told WTSP that quite of the people who attended the show had concerns “that future legislation will impact their gun ownership rights.”

Reporters even said that at the gun show, many signed up for firearms safety classes.

Eric Gibbs, one of those Federal Firearms Licensed dealers, wants to see stricter gun laws when it comes to selling. He told WFLA:

“Yes, I do. We need more FFL dealers,” he said. “We’ve got to stop this private selling, these guns are getting into the wrong hands this way.”

Gibbs is referring to something that is often called the “gun show loophole,” but it can really happen almost anywhere.

Most people at the show “are good people in favor of smart regulation but that an outright ban would never work, as there were already millions of guns in public hands.” The Florida legislature voted to not ban rifles like the AR-15, which has a bad reputation since the Sandy Hook massacre a few years ago. From Bloomberg:

Robert Geisler, a 34-year-old from Orlando, was working behind the busy, large booth for gun retailer Shoot Straight Florida. Business sometimes picks up after a mass shooting, he said, though this show is always busy. “We’re on pace to do the exact same amount of sales as we did about a month ago when we were here,” he said. The conversation soon turned to the AR-15 and all the misconceptions that Geisler said surround the weapon. “There’s a lot of guns that are like that, that have been out for a long time that shoot just as far and shoot just as fast. It’s gotten a bad name since that Sandy Hook thing,” Geisler said, referring to the 2012 killing of 20 elementary school students and six staff members. “The gun has been around since the Vietnam era, it’s just in the last 25 or 30 years where these kids have been using them in the school shootings.”

“We are a free society,” Robert’s uncle, Scott Geisler, 56, said as he walked over and talked at length about all the reasons why someone might want to purchase an AR-15 for self-defense instead of a simple handgun. “People want some choices,” he said. “They like that look. They grew up with it. They see it, they see it on TV, and they like to own it. It’s a sexy rifle.”

I’m still contemplating writing my story on why I own an AR, but I’m conflicted because honestly I don’t have to justify it to anyone. But it does seem that people need to receive an education on these guns because they are ideal for home protection, especially for us females. They are huge in size, but incredibly light weight, which allows us better precision. There is also hardly any kick either, which allows us better control.

But you know what would work? Having a police and sheriff department that does their job. Remember, authorities received over 30 calls regarding Cruz and if they did their job, Cruz would have a record and he wouldn’t have been able to purchase those guns:

Cruz lawfully bought the semiautomatic rifle last February, according to Peter Forcelli, special agent in charge of the Miami office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The gun, a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 .223, was purchased at Sunrise Tactical Supply, according to the Associated Press.

Federal law allows people 18 and older to legally purchase long guns, including this kind of assault weapon. With no criminal record, Cruz cleared an instant background check via the FBI criminal database.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 26, 2018 at 3:03 pm

….Expect a lot of people who don’t even own guns will
Join the NRA…..

….just to spite the evil MSM and their Democrat Party slave masters…..

    I have never owned a gun in my life but I support the rights of citizens to protect themselves and their families. Got to join.

    Some guys took me to a gun show once and I never met a nicer, more courteous group of people. And I felt incredibly safe (and honored) being in their presence.

4th armored div | February 26, 2018 at 3:30 pm

notice the Feebs are still hiding Vegas shooting details and what they missed/messed up there.

our Brilliant Alabama head of Justice dep, Jeff Sessions is awol once again.

Justice is now Just Us with coverups

all around the mulberry bush

Half a pound of tuppenny rice
Half a pound of treacle
That’s the way the money goes
Pop goes the weasel

Ha ha, yeah

Half a pound of tuppenny rice
Half a pound of treacle
That’s the way the money goes
Pop goes the weasel

Every single gun I add to my collection means I love you, honey.

Yes, I’m a scary guy. I’m supposed to be.

Now, let’s talk swords.

I’m probably the only guy you ever met who owns a spear.

And killed a pig with it.

You can fix a spear head to a stick with a bent nail. Actually I believe that’s the preferred method.

“US ARMY- what is love baby dont hurt me dont hurt me no more”

Just a reminder… in years past the plan was ban semi-autos and then drumbeat for ban of “sniper rifles” and optics. Poptarts are somewhere in there.

Does the professor have a policy r.e. talking about stuff that I’m selling elsewhere?

Because that’s why I shut up about the swords.

I haven’t seen a big increase in firearms purchases in my area but that’s probably because everyone here is pretty well armed.

I’m not planning on buying any new guns unless I come across a deal I can’t refuse. I did however, receive my Vortex Viper PST Gen II (5-25X50) this morning. Maybe I’ll actually get some time to play around with it once the weather gets better.

A year ago my employer was hacked and my employer paid for a year of Lifelock. This morning my CC was hit with an auto renewal I didn’t want. I called them up and cancelled. When they asked me why I told them it was because of their bonehead NRA decision. I don’t own a gun, but it’s my small contribution to the cause.

Semi-related: latest theories are that this kid and all the other school shooters were on the same drugs. I can’t seem to get an accurate record on this. Anyone know if this is true or just fake news?

    Sanddog in reply to RedEchos. | February 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Patient privacy laws prevent us from knowing what pharmaceuticals the shooters were taking.

      Valerie in reply to Sanddog. | February 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      All of our other laws do not prevent leaks. Why do these get another result?

      RedEchos in reply to Sanddog. | February 26, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      That’s just ridiculous. If someone is drunk or high that is pertinent to the case. The dead ones do not need their privacy protected and the live ones have no privacy since they’re in prison.

      This just kills me.

Delta Airlines has been trying to get an exception for jet fuel from Georgia state taxes. It passed the lower chamber last week, but is now held up in the Senate over Delta’s actions vis-à-vis the NRA discounts.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Neo. | February 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    It’s dead now…..

    Just as Delta will soon change into a bankrupt, shut-down business.

I quit the NRA…what?…seven years ago when they endorsed Harry Reid. When I called and complained, I was told “We’re a non-political organization”. Dumb asses… After watching Wayne LaPierre’s speech at CPAC, I see they have reversed that foolish policy. I’ll be joining up again.

after year or 2 hiatus renewed my subscription 2 days ago.

Record Attendance at Florida Gun Show Because of Political Attacks on NRA, Gun Owners/I>

Fixed the headline for you.

The world is a dangerous place filled with dangerous people, many of whom have no compunction about harming you. Robbers rob, rapists rape and murders murder. And now we can add gangs bang, and rioters riot. Therefor, we all need personal protection. Some of us are independently wealthy and can afford to hire others to provide physical protection for us. Most of us, however, have to provide our own physical defense. And, when confronted by a gang, rioters, or even a simple home invasion, we need more than a six shot revolver or a five or six round rifle or shotgun. You can never be too good looking, have too much money or have too much ammunition. No one has ever been heard to complain that they had ammo left over, after a gunfight.

I do not own an AR-15. I have never been a fan of that particular platform. However, I do own a high capacity, semi-automatic rifle chambered in 5.56x45mm. Why? Because they are very good for medium to short range protection from attack by a number of people or small animals. It is only one firearm in my battery, all of which are best suited for a particular job.

    alaskabob in reply to Mac45. | February 26, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    While deafening loud, a 223 with frangible ammo is safer in house protection than handgun since penetration is limited through plaster and sheetrock. I keep a set of amplified ear protectors at bedside.

“The world is a dangerous place filled with dangerous people, many of whom have no compunction about harming you… ”

I’ve been trying to teach my nephews exactly that. Yes, they really are trying to kill you.

I think I’ve made headway.

“Yes, I do. We need more FFL dealers,” he said. “We’ve got to stop this private selling, these guns are getting into the wrong hands this way.”

Gibbs is referring to something that is often called the “gun show loophole,” but it can really happen almost anywhere.

No, he’s not referring to any “gun show loophole”, he’s complaining about competition. An unfortunate fact is that too many licensed dealers are all in favor of legislation which forces customers to buy from … you guessed it … licensed dealers. Gee, thanks, guys.

We recently had something of a scandal in MA when a dealer bitched to our wildly anti-gun Attorney General’s office about some large—and perfectly legal—mail-order suppliers. So the AG obligingly threatened them with all sorts of harassment if they continued certain entirely legal shipments to MA residents. So now, things are weirdly inconsistent; one of the biggies will ship me AR parts kits and 80% receivers, but won’t ship me empty brass cases. Another won’t ship me cases, but I can buy them at its retail outlet here in the state. Others will ship me cases just fine. (Nobody will ship ammunition, but that’s a slightly different problem.)

    “(Nobody will ship ammunition, but that’s a slightly different problem.)”

    This is not true–you just have to look a little harder. (I live in MA.)

I never lied to a guy I bought a gun from. I don’t need the felony.

I also never lied to a girl. Which I know takes a lot of faith. But, maybe things might just lead somewhere. And then what are you going to do? Now you have to cover for your lie. I’m just not that clever. I can’t keep my story straight.

OK, I lied to girls. And later I said, you know what? I lied. You were that important.

I like to remind my politicians and everyone else to remember the 1994 gun ban and the effect on the election.
Then I tell them to check the monthly NICS count to get an idea of how gun rights are looked upon.

The FBI has finally posted its NICS background check figures for August, and it’ll probably surprise more than a few pundits. A total of 1,925,146 were processed, shattering the previous record for the month set only last year at 1,853,815. Each one of the requests doesn’t necessarily reflect a firearm purchase, but the figures do provide a rough barometer of overall sales.

I believe my Catholicism allow me lie for a good reason. Like to meet chicks.

Of course the FFL dealer wants to stop private sales of firearms. It would be a big boost to FFL dealers business. No new laws until those on the books are enforced.

    Walker Evans in reply to kjon. | February 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    “No new laws until those on the books are enforced.”

    And if that is faithfully done there is no need for more laws!

Thomas Jefferson: “Maolo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem,” or “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” Shockingly they had crime, including murders, during the days the Constitution was written and approved and the founders still included the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights.