Hundreds lined up three hours early for gun show

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Fort Lauderdale Gun Show (all photos courtesy RC White)

By RC White and Buddy Nevins (BrowardBeat) – Fort Lauderdale (Jan. 12, 2013): The Fort Lauderdale Gun Show is taking place today and tomorrow at the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 N.E. 8 Street, Fort Lauderdale.

People wanting to attend today’s event, began lining up at 6 A.M.  By the time the doors opened three hours later hundreds of people were waiting to enter.  Two lines were formed, the first to purchase your ticket and then another line to enter.  Anyone entering with a weapon had to a police officer check the weapon to be sure it wasn’t loaded etc.

Many came to buy a weapon, others to sell something they already owned.  Other gun enthusiasts came for the concealed weapon class.

The room was approved for 5o applicants, but over double that number lined up.  Too big to be held inside, the fire marshal would only permit 50 people, they quickly diverted to a warehouse area to accommodate 100 folks.    Normally there are two concealed weapons classes per show, BrowardNET has learned the class sponsors are trying to setup more classes.

Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com is a regular contributor to BrowardNET.  In his most recent column, “Mayor Questions Gun Shows At City Auditorium,” Buddy looks at Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor Jack Seiler’s questioning the gun show:

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler has tangled with the National Rifle Association more than once.

It took place in Tallahassee when Seiler was in the Florida House.

Seiler’s speech on the House floor against the NRA’s Stand Your Ground Law has been cited by supporters of Tryvon Martin. He’s the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot by George Zimmerman who is using Stand You Ground as his defense.

Seiler got under the NRA’s skin by arguing that Florida needed to protect the water supply from gun range lead poisoning.  Read more>>>

The gun show hours Sunday are from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.  The show will be back again in February and March.  You can learn more about the show HERE.

 

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Source: RC White; Buddy Nevins