Gun show draws crowds, families despite Parkland school shooting outcry

Fort Lauderdale’s most high-profile gun show, the War Memorial Auditorium gun show, kicked off this Saturday. The gun shows have drawn opposition for years, but the outcry has grown after the Parkland school massacre. Gun lovers flocked to Fort Lauderdale ’s gun show on Saturday, knowing its days may be numbered. This weekend’s event is the first high-profile gun show in Broward since the Feb. 14 massacre that took the lives of 17 people and left 17 more wounded at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland . It also comes at a time when students from Parkland are leading a national push for gun control . But at Saturday’s gun show, teens and even children as young as 7 were in the crowd, mirroring their parent’s keen interest in firearms of all kinds. Moms pushed baby strollers past tables lined with guns and knives. Dads walked hand-in-hand with their young sons and daughters. “This is a family event — this is not an event where guys are running around in camouflage yelling,” said Jorge Fernandez, manager of the Florida Gun Show. “There is no Boogeyman here.” The gun show, held seven times a year at the War Memorial Auditorium in Holiday Park, may have its last show in November, if city commissioners have their way. Gun show owner Khaled Akkawi said Saturday he has the right to keep holding the show at War Memorial through 2025. “This is an ongoing contract,” he said. “They can’t kick us out.” But Fort […]

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