BILOXI, MS (WLOX/AP) - Gun experts talked about the idea of tougher gun laws at this weekend's gun show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
"This gun show, like a lot of them, recently had great traffic. People are buying and its just a lot of fun," Frank Williamson, owner of Diftwood Gun Shop said.
Williamson who's company is based in Cleveland, MS said that spike in sales probably has a lot to do with recent conversations about gun legislation.
Williamson has been in the gun business for more than 50 years now. For him, gun shows like the one at the coliseum are a way to share that interest with others. Something he, like many others, feels should not be taken away.
"I think people are scared especially about maybe not being able to buy ammunition. That's what has triggered this and I think its sort of a false thing. We live in a part of the country where we've all grown up hunting and shooting targets. Nobody I know wants any limits on our freedom to carry guns," Williamson said.
Other gun enthusiasts echoed similar thoughts when he came to the idea of gun regulation.
"We don't know what's going to happen. Gun sales are up, ammunition sales are up. People are afraid that they won't be able to have guns in the future, which would be a scary thing. They're worried about new gun control legislation. It's proven that the stronger the gun control legislation in cities, the higher the crime rate is," Billy Davenport of Davenport Guns, Incorporated said.
Given the recent events throughout the country, many people are singing a different tune. There were 16 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2012 alone. Two of those shootings were noted as the deadliest in U.S. history.
Still these vendors said it's taking the freedom away from gun owners to be able to protect themselves.
"Everybody is not a criminal and will not become a criminal because they have a firearm. Criminals aren't going to come in here and buy firearms because they can't the only protection you have from a criminal is to bare a firearm," Davenport said.