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Tucson Gun Show attracts protesters calling for gun reform legislation

Protestors gathered outside of Tucson Gun Show
Posted at 12:19 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 10:25:08-05

TUCSON, Ariz.- The annual Crossroads of the West Gun Show took place this weekend at the Pima County Fairgrounds.

Hundreds turned up to either buy or look at firearms.

On Sunday, dozens of Tucsonans also gathered outside of the venue to protest the gun show.

Those in favor of the show say it is completely legal and enforcing new gun laws would only complicate things.

Owner of Arizona Arms LLC, Mike Reber says, "Well the problem with that is, you're taking away the right of the people to pass a gun along to one of their own family members, or say a neighbor that wants to buy it, and then you get into a lot of legalities as far as letting someone use your rifle."

'Citizens for a Safer Pima County', a local non-political organization trying to close the gun show loophole, is on the other side of that argument.

Nancy Bowman, a member of the group and a survivor of the Tucson Jan. 8 shooting, said, "We're just trying to say that we have to uh, prohibit certain people from buying guns and if they're on the prohibited buyer list, they should not have an avenue here at the gun show to come and buy a gun."

Besides Arizona, Crossroads of the West gun shows are held in Utah, Nevada, and California.