TOPEKA (KSNT) — With an estimated 4,000 people and 115 vendors, it’s one telling sign of the rising national interest in guns.
“That’s why the crowd has increased,” says Dennis Pearson, the event organizer of the Topeka Gun Show. “When you start talking about gun control it gets people riled up.”
Pearson is referring to the latest gun proposals by the president, which include more agents to do background checks. He believes it wouldn’t hurt Kansas where current laws are fairly non-restrictive on firearms.
“I’m from Missouri. You have to have a permit and a class.”
Friends of NRA say that responsibility starts with educating youth.
“I think it’s extremely important with our young people today that they learn gun safety and the proper etiquette when working with guns,” says Friends of NRA member Dixie Cravens.
But for Gene Torres, a retired army vet, it comes to common sense and a philosophy.
“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people,” he says. “No restriction would have prevented that.”
Obama’s plan also includes closing the private, legal sale of weapons done outside of shows like this one.
“Everybody thinks it’s a gun show loophole. It’s a private sale loophole,” says Pearson. “Guns aren’t coming in. Guns are going out.”
The Topeka Gun Show will also be held tomorrow at the Kansas Expocentre.