Wichita gun show draws enthusiasts, protesters

Weapons and other gun paraphernalia were on display at a gun show in Wichita Saturday, July 16, 2016. Protesters also showed up for the event. (Photo: KSN/Shardaa Gray)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A gun show in downtown Wichita drew both gun enthusiasts and protesters Saturday. The event at Century II was hosted by U.S. Weapons Collectors of Kansas. The protesters, Wichita Coalition Against Gun Violence, held a vigil outside the show.

Michael Poage is the co-director of the anti-gun-violence group.

“Too many killings, too many guns, too many killings.” said Poag. “What we’re doing here is a vigil, that’s a vigil to remember those who have been killed.”

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Phil Journey is a gun hobbyist and rifle and pistol instructor. He took the other side of the issue.

“It’s not about the instrumentality, it’s violence, it’s about the people that use the instrument,” Journey said. “You can kill somebody with a screwdriver just like you can with a handgun.”

The gun show will continue through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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