Large turnout expected at gun show in Ogden in response to control talk

Jan 9 2013 - 10:24am

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Dan Davis, of Bad Ass Tactical, holds a Spikes Tactical Anniversary with launcher during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy. In spite of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., gun enthusiasts packed in by the hundreds to purchase weapons and ammunition.
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Ken Haiterman, of Pioneer Market, holds a CMMG 5.56mm AR-15 during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show on Sunday in Sandy.
Hand guns are on display during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show Sunday in Sandy, Utah. In spite of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., gun enthusiasts packed in by the hundreds to purchase weapons and ammunition. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Dan Davis, of Bad Ass Tactical, holds a Spikes Tactical Anniversary with launcher during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy. In spite of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., gun enthusiasts packed in by the hundreds to purchase weapons and ammunition.
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Ken Haiterman, of Pioneer Market, holds a CMMG 5.56mm AR-15 during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show on Sunday in Sandy.
Hand guns are on display during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show Sunday in Sandy, Utah. In spite of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., gun enthusiasts packed in by the hundreds to purchase weapons and ammunition. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

OGDEN -- Utah Gun Collectors Association officials expect a larger-than-normal crowd at its antique gun show Saturday, but said the crowd won't be near the size of the one that attended the gun show at South Towne Expo Center.

"Our show is more collector oriented," said Linda Evans, a board member with the association. "We will not have the big ammo dealers here like at South Towne."

The gun show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West, Ogden.

Evans said a record number of people attended the Rocky Mountain Gun Show on Jan. 5, because many people fear what the Obama administration may do to gun owners' ability to buy certain types of guns and ammunition.

"We are worried about (President Barack Obama) trying to take some of our Second Amendment rights," Evans said.

She and other club members plan to support the National Rifle Association if Obama attempts to create rules or laws without going through Congress.

Obama has ordered an administration-wide task force to send him a proposal for curbing gun violence by the end of January. The group, led by Vice President Joe Biden, was formed in response to December's shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, that killed 20 children and six adults.

Biden is scheduled to meet today with gun violence victims groups and gun safety organizations, a White House official said. On Thursday, he plans to hold talks with gun ownership groups, as well as advocates for sportsmen.

The vice president also plans to meet this week with representatives from the entertainment and video-game industries. The official was not authorized to discuss meetings before they were publicly announced and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Reed Richards, chairman of the Utah State Council on Victims of Crime, said as far as he knows, no bills concerning gun control are proposed for this year's state Legislature.

"I think clearly the restrictions are there now," Richards said.

The emphasis should be about making more resources available for those who are facing a mental health issue, Richards said.

Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, said the state Democrats plan to propose a package of bills dealing with school safety, but at the moment no gun control bills.

Minority Leader Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, said she is unaware of any proposed gun control bills.

"There is nothing concrete but that doesn't mean something won't happen," Seelig said.

Seelig said she is in favor of any bill that is "100 percent in favor of responsible gun ownership."

That means the state needs to focus less on the individual rights and more on the community, but she does not see that discussion happening in Utah, where many advocate that "everyone should own a gun," Seelig said.

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, said a few of his constituents have suggested that a law should be passed "requiring everyone to own a gun."

"Guns are getting blamed for all the craziness, but (the criminals) will do it with bombs if they don't have guns, and bombs are illegal now," Christensen said.

Christensen said as far as state legislators go, "there is very little appetite for gun legislation."

But he is concerned with what the Obama administration is doing this week.

"My fear is Obama will find a way around Congress and pass it by executive order," Christensen said.

And as far as Christensen is concerned, that is unconstitutional.

Obama "doesn't have the votes in Congress" to pass any gun-control bills, Christensen said, "but that hasn't stopped him in the past."

Christensen said if Obama does gun control through an executive order or rule, it will be challenged in the courts.

"People will call him out on it," he said.

Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, agrees that Obama would be violating the Constitution if he uses an executive order to mandate gun control.

Oda said he has heard from his constituents concerning gun ownership.

Laws are currently on the books that advocate responsible gun ownership, he said.

"If the current laws are enforced, we won't have a problem," Oda said. "Crimes committed with a gun already have enhanced penalties."

Oda said more people are attending gun shows across the state because of a fear of what Obama plans to do.

At the gun show at South Towne, the dealers ran out of ammunition in two hours.

"Obama has been the No. 1 gun salesman for four years running," Oda said.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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