Gun show vendors fear firearm restrictions will ruin them

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - On the eve of a big gun show at the Exchange Fairgrounds, gun vendors are worried that proposed firearm restrictions will put them out of business.

More than 100 gun, ammo and gun clip dealers set up tables on Friday.

Many of them fear a possible ban on assault weapons in the wake of the Connecticut shooting in December will kill them financially.

"We get real nervous because we have no control over what they may have or may not do and literally they could put us out of business," said show organizer Mike Kent.

It's not only the gun dealers who are worried about losing their livelihood. Barbara Waring sells gun clips and magazines at gun shows.

"T his is a dictator we have in that White House," said Waring.

She said the president's proposal to ban 20 to 30 round magazines will ruin her.

She's expecting a rush to buy them tomorrow.

"The public's not gonna come to a show wanting seven and ten round magazines after being able to get 20 and 30 round magazines.

The vendors are at the show to make money, and they will worry about the future later.

Anyone who buys a gun at the show will have to go through an instant background check.

The show hours are 9 to 5 on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday.

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