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Gun show draws large crowd to Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds

ESCAMBIA CO., Fla. -- Thousands of people own guns along the Gulf Coast and many feel strongly about the on-going gun debate.

The Gun and Knife Show at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds is seeing some of their largest crowds ever.

At the Gun Show, you can find all sorts of firearms, ammunition and even stun guns.

Gun show organizers believe the added focus on tougher gun control, has led to record gun sales across the country and larger turnouts to gun show events.

"Due to all this uncertainty, everyone's out to buy what they can," said gun show organizer Victor Bean.

While many avid gun owners and sellers come often, for Barbara Sparks, it's her first time.

"It's kind of scary, (Why is that?) Just the weapons and all. I'm not used to being around weapons and stuff," Sparks said.

Surrounded by all sorts of guns from rifles to pistols, and knives to stun guns, Barbara chose an interesting time to make her gun show debut.

The Senate recently voted down a bill that would expand background checks on gun sales.

Gun dealers like Eddie Monk say the proposed 'mandated' background checks weren't really necessary, since most gun sellers do them anyway.

"I've been doing gun shows for 30 years, and we never sell a gun without doing a background check and if they don't have a carry permit there's a three day waiting period we have to observe as well," Monk said.

While more people are buying guns, people like Barbara, who readily admits she's cautious about guns, hopes those purchases are made responsibly.

"Take the proper steps, do what you have to do to keep everybody safe, and they can enjoy this kind of thing at the same time," Sparks said.

Gun safety classes will also be offered on Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.