Thousands expected at this weekend’s gun show at the Norfolk Scope

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 19:33:33-05

Norfolk, Va. - Up to 4,000 people are expected to come out to the Norfolk Scope this weekend for the Showmasters Gun Show. It's the first gun show happening in Virginia after President Barack Obama's announcement he's using his executive powers to make gun laws stricter.

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An announcement Showmaster's president Annette Elliot believes will boost attendance this weekend.

"It will probably be at least a 40% increase," Elliot said. "Because people are afraid. They are afraid of the threat from ISIS, they are afraid of the mass shootings and also when these anti-gun politicians and some of the media just jumps on the bandwagon and touts all this gun control rhetoric."

One of President's proposals is  to require anybody in the businesses of selling firearms to get a license and conduct background checks or be subject to criminal prosecutions. It's a restriction that could affect dozens of people attending gun shows in the future like the one at the Norfolk Scope, people like ammo dealer Rob Pollard.

"Every time the politicians get on this gun control rant it makes people afraid for what might happen and they have a legitimate right to be afraid," Pollard said.

He says that legitimate right to be afraid comes from his belief Americans' rights are being infringed with the President's plan.

"It's infringing on their rights. The 2nd amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed on. What part do they not understand," Pollard added.

For information on the gun show including times and ticket prices, click here.