Indianapolis gun show thriving in days following President Obama’s call for tighter restrictions

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Jan. 15, 2016)- Gun enthusiasts fought through the rain Friday for the first day of the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show.

The timing of the show is what has people talking because it comes just days following President Obama's executive action calling for tighter gun restrictions.

"I went shopping just looking for something interesting," said Lee Irwin.

Irwin walked away from the show with a rifle and his neighbor Stewart Goodwin didn't leave empty handed either.

"​I was looking for a little pocket .380.  It's something you can wear when you are dressed up nice and have some protection," said Goodwin.

​The annual show attracted a single mom looking for some extra protection, an avid gun collector and everyone in between. However, many gun owners in attendance are worried that their rights to bear arms are quickly fading.

"A lot of us who are second amendment types are concerned about executive orders," said Goodwin.

Last week, President Barack Obama announced executive action that would expand background checks for all gun sales.

Currently, licensed gun dealers are required to run a background checks when selling a gun.  However, private transactions do not need federal background checks.

"If you are going to own a gun you should be responsible you don't want just anybody buying them. I agree with background checks," said Jim Irwin.

"It seems very clear to me that the people causing the problems are not coming here to these gun shows," said Goodwin.

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