News: Gun show may trigger mixed views


The Florida Gun Shows of Florida will host the Tallahassee Florida Gun Show this weekend.

The gun show will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $7 and parking is free.

The show will include events and seminars, such as gun trading and concealed weapons classes. Those who attend the two-hour classes will meet both requirements to obtain a license for a concealed weapon.

Guns, ammunition, gun parts, reloading supplies and knives will be available.

Willis McPhee, a local gun owner, said the process to obtaining a gun at a gun show is one to keep an eye on.

“It’s an appropriate process, but people coming out to these gun shows should be heavily monitored,” he said. “You have cases where local people will buy guns for people that don’t have a gun license.”

President Barack Obama formally announced his proposals for reducing gun violence in America less than two weeks ago. It has become a heavily debated issue between Congress and U.S. citizens.

Obama plans to implement bans on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and allocate federal funds for national background checks and mental health screenings.

Lionel Thompson, a junior construction engineering student from Apopka, disagrees with the ban because he feels the weapons are not the main problem.

“People are being killed every day, and they aren’t all being killed by assault weapons,” he said.