RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Gun Show organizers told 8News attendance rose this year, amid possible gun control legislation coming to the Virginia General Assembly later this week.
“It’s got a lot of people very afraid,” Richmond Gun Show Owner Annette Elliott said.
According to Elliott, attendance rose by 40 percent compared to last year. However, she said the uptick is due to more people being scared their rights may be changed in the upcoming session.
“The very same tools that is used in crimes is the same ones used to protect ourselves,” Elliot said. “That’s why we can’t give it up.”
Others fall on the other side of the issue, like Charles Willis — a community activist with United Communities Against Crime — would like to see more legislation.
“I’m not against those that have the right to bear arms,” Willis said.”But, I am totally against those that misuse the arms that they are bearing.”