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Gun owners say protection still vital admist legislation debate

Posted at 12:25 AM, Oct 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-08 00:25:15-04

LEE COUNTY -- Gun owners and buyers at Lee County Civic Center's Gun Show say despite the possibility of legislation changes in gun laws, firearm protection is still vital.

One gun owner, David Young, says his 12-year-old daughter is what inspires him to own a pistol. He bought a second one at the gun show.

"“For somebody to do harm on a child is the ultimate assault on innocence," he said. “That’s one of the main reasons I have a concealed weapon and why I feel I need to be armed, is to protect my daughter.”

After officials confirmed Las Vegas Massacre shooter, Stephen Paddock, used a bump stock accessory to modify 23 semi-automatic rifles in automatic and go on to shoot and kill 58 people and injure over 500 others, the NRA released a statement asking for review on modification accessories.

"Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks," the NRA said. "The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans' Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves their families and their communities."

Gun seller and owner of Shoot Straight in Fort Myers, Scott Mongeon, explained he wants those wanted stricter gun laws to know that situations like Las Vegas have personal effects on vendors.

“Don't think that just because we’re here hanging out with a bunch of guns, that we don’t care. We do. I can promise you that every each one of these people here are here with heavy hearts and care.”

The gun show continues through Sunday at Lee County Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees have the option of participating in a conceal weapon class that will touch upon everything that goes into buying a firearm, including gun safety and background checks.