SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Facebook page of the first national Gun Appreciation Day racked in more than 48 thousand likes. The demonstration drew large crowds nationwide from Albany, New York to Summerville.
Arlyn Pendergast, owner of ATP Gun Shop in Summerville said his store got more business than usual and he supports the day 100 percent.
"Everybody should have the right to bear arms, its part of our whole heritage," said Pendergast.
A conservative coalition organized Gun Appreciation Day. Its goal was for people across the nation to express their right to bear arms by visiting local gun shops or shooting ranges. The demonstration is in direct response to the push from the Obama administration for tougher laws on guns.
If it were up to Tracey Pugliese, co-founder of 2ndSaver.com, the proposed assault weapon ban would go up in smoke. The pro-gun website took signatures for a petition that will be sent to Senator Tim Scott.
"People are very willing to sign it just for the main fact that we are trying to take a responsible educated approach to this," said Pugliese.
The site was created so people could see the latest news about guns all in one place.
"We are not trying to say it's our way or no way. We're trying to meet in the middle and compromise," Pugliese said.
In his weekly address, President Obama said he believes in the 2nd amendment and the individual right to bear arms.
"We have a strong tradition of gun ownership in this country and the vast majority of gun owners act responsibly, but I also believe that most gun owners agree we could respect the 2nd amendment while keeping the irresponsible law breaking few from causing harm on a massive scale. That's what these reforms are designed to do," said Obama.
State Representative Chip Limehouse was on hand at the gun shop and said that instead of creating new laws, the current laws should be heavily enforced.
"If they're experiencing problems in other parts of the country maybe their state legislatures should look at their mental health laws and look at the laws pertaining to commitment for someone who is mentally imbalanced," said Limehouse.