Upcoming gun show may attract bigger crowd

Photo courtesy: North Florida Gun Show

The Tallahassee North Florida Gun Show is a staple event that attracts everyone from firearm enthusiasts to potential firearm owners. Attendees can expect to browse a vast array of firearms, ranging from classic collectibles to the latest innovations in the industry.

Whether you’re on the hunt for vintage rifles, state-of-the-art handguns or tactical gear, the North Florida Gun Show is sure to have something to suit every taste and budget.

Florida ranks fairly low in gun sales. According to a gun sales report by the Capitolist, FBI firearm background check data shows that an estimated 748,659 guns were sold in Florida in the first half of 2022, or 3,529 for every 100,000 people, the 16th fewest among states.

Gun show participants may see a rise in attendance due to the recent permitless carry law.

Earlier this year, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 543 into effect. “Constitutional Carry is in the books,” DeSantis said at the July 1 signing when new legislation took effect in the state of Florida. It authorizes a person to carry a concealed weapon or firearm pursuant to a valid concealed weapons license or without a concealed weapons license provided that the criteria for obtaining a license is met.

Kylee Holmes, a computer information student at Florida A&M University, is a proud firearm owner and has attended a few gun shows in Tallahassee.

“I’ve attended two shows, both at the North Florida Fairgrounds. Something that stuck out to me was how they emphasized gun safety. Classes were even offered to learn how to use one and apply for a firearms license,” he said.

If you are also in need of a weapons permit, don’t worry. The concealed weapons classes held at North Florida Gun Shows provide you with everything required by the State of Florida in order to obtain a concealed weapon license in a single two-hour session.

Knowledgeable vendors and passionate collectors will be on hand to share insights, stories, and expertise, creating an immersive experience for visitors. With a reputation for hosting diverse vendors and providing a platform for both seasoned collectors and newcomers, this event is much more than a mere marketplace, it’s a celebration of gun culture.

The event usually takes place in Tallahassee about three times a year. This is the final show in Tallahassee before returning in February. The Tallahassee North Florida Gun Show is scheduled to take place Dec. 16-17 at the North Florida Fairgrounds with an entry fee of $10.