This article originated on Suwanee Patch
The continuing national debate on guns played out in a big way Saturday (January 26) in Gwinnett County. There was a large turnout at a gun show at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville.
According to myfoxatlanta.com, the line at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds wrapped around the complex just to get inside.
"People are starting to understand that they need to look out for their own safety," gun show vendor Bruce Greenfield said in a video with the Fox5 article.
"There's a sense of fear ..." vendor Fred Augat also said in the video.
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The gun-control debate heated up earlier this month when President Obama proposed a series of gun-control measures. This was done in response to the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 students and six adults.
And in Gwinnett last week, Sheriff Butch Conway joined the conversation by issuing a statement urging "all law abiding citizens" to acquire the necessary skills to use a firearm safely.
Also Saturday, thousands of people marched in Washington in support of gun control, according to ABC News and other media outlets.
The Fox5 article and video noted that many at Saturday's show already were gun owners, but were concerned about certain weapons not being available if new gun control measures go into effect.
"(Gun related shootings) are not taking place because of folks you see at these shows," Augat added.
The gun show will again be at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Sunday (January 27), 10 a.m.-5 p.m., according to the promoter's website.
- Gwinnett Sheriff Encourages 'All Law Abiding' Citizens To Acquire Firearm Skills