The rush on firearms will continue this weekend after thousands showed up to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show.
The show opened Friday afternoon and thousands of people waited in line for nearly four hours to get in to the first gun show of the year in Indianapolis.
The show is the first held just days after the president announced his plan on combating gun violence.
Many gun owners fear the president’s plans, announced earlier this week, will ban certain firearms and restrict what’s legal right now. Since the announcement, folks have been hitting the gun shops and now, the gun show, buying anything and everything firearms.
“I’m here because of the scarcity of some items– ammunition and so forth. I’m trying to get my hands on as much as I can at this point,” said Brad Terry of Greenwood.
“With all the things going on with the Federal Government right now, we have to get out here and get what we can while it’s still available,” said Fred Dunlevy of Greenfield.
Many individuals at the gun show were also selling their own guns, which is legal to do right now without performing a background check on the purchaser.That is one thing the president’s plan hopes to change.
Gun show organizers said all of the dealers at the Indy 1500 are required by federal law to perform criminal background checks on all purchases or trade-ins.
“We have over 250 vendors, they are federally licensed retailers. They are conducting background checks for every firearm purchased through them or for every firearm that they purchase through an individual who brings a firearm to the 1500 to sell,” said Ashley Varner, spokeswoman for the event.
The Indy 1500 runs through Sunday at the South Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.