WBEZ | gun show http://www.wbez.org/tags/gun-show Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en As Springfield debates guns, vendors see high attendance at local sportsmen show http://www.wbez.org/news/springfield-debates-guns-vendors-see-high-attendance-local-sportsmen-show-104735 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP080330028897.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74006366" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>I headed out to the first <a href="http://www.pvsashow.org/">Pioneer Valley Sportsman&rsquo;s</a> show since Sandy Hook this weekend in DuPage County.&nbsp;</p><p>The event took place Sunday just before <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-lawmakers-abandon-attempts-ban-assault-weapons-104733">Illinois legislators</a> were slated to vote on stronger gun restrictions.&nbsp;</p><p>But that didn&rsquo;t hurt attendance. It helped.</p><p>&ldquo;There are more people coming through the door because of the legislation that&rsquo;s floating around,&quot; said show chairman&nbsp;Mike Holan. &quot;People are trying to purchase what they can at this point.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Holan estimates over a thousand people came to the event. Vendors sold camo, beef jerky, WWII mementos and of course, guns.</p><p>The crowd was mostly older, largely white and not very happy to see a reporter. I had to leave my camera at the door and was repeatedly told to turn off my audio recorder, then accused of secretly running it anyway.</p><p>I was also asked to leave multiple times, though the show&#39;s leadership let me back in each time.</p><p>At one point, I started to interview a vendor, but another man interrupted, warning him that the media makes gun owners out to be &quot;lunatics.&quot; He introduced himself as&nbsp;Terry from Dupage County, but didn&#39;t want to give his last name.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We live in the Chicagoland area,&quot; Terry said.&nbsp;&quot;But we see a lot of folks from rural areas and that&rsquo;s how they put meat on the table.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>The guns at the show ranged from hunting rifles and handguns to the kind of weapons some legislators would ban as assault rifles.</p><p>But Terry says those legislators don&rsquo;t understand what an assault rifle is.</p><p>&ldquo;They think these things are full military weapons,&quot; he said. &quot;They are not. They just look like it. It&rsquo;s a like a Ferrari with a Volkswagen engine in them. You know what I mean? It looks fast, but it will only do 50 miles an hour.&rdquo;</p><p>Terry says the Illinois gun debate falls along geographic lines. Chicago, with its high murder rate, wants stricter laws. But he says the rest of the state shouldn&rsquo;t be responsible for the city&rsquo;s problems.</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-lawmakers-abandon-attempts-ban-assault-weapons-104733">state legislature dismissed the vote</a> on the stricter gun laws Sunday evening, just after the show ended.</p><p>The debate is expected to continue in the next legislative session.</p></p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 17:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/springfield-debates-guns-vendors-see-high-attendance-local-sportsmen-show-104735