Thousands show up for Norfolk gun show

Posted at 9:03 PM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 21:26:58-05

Norfolk, Va. - A gun show at the Norfolk Scope this weekend is the first in the state since President Obama announced plans for stricter gun laws.

Owner and promoter, Annette Elliott, estimates that 3,000 people walked through the doors on Saturday.

She also estimates that attendance is up 40 to 50 percent.

"We've sold close to 50 guns today," says James Jarrett, who has sold guns for 25 years with Patriot Services Incorporated. "That's probably a record."

Elliott says she believes President Obama's announcement this week is a major contributor to the big crowds.

Among his proposals, President Obama wants to require everyone in the business of selling firearms to have a private license.

Additionally, he is proposing background checks for anyone who wants to purchase a gun, even if they are purchasing from a private seller.

"All the threats about the executive orders, that you are not going to be able to buy a gun, sell a gun yourself privately, that they want to do universal background checks, all of those kind of things, they scare people," says Elliott.

Steve Davis was one of the many people who came out on Saturday to make a purchase.

He feels that those who are buying firearms for the right reasons should not have a problem.

"The good people who are doing the right thing and have the permits and everything, I don't think it's going to affect them."

For more information about the gun show, visit the Norfolk Gun Show website.