Gun show devotees concerned about shootings' implications

Vendor worries about loss of rights

shopkins@herald-leader.comJanuary 10, 2011 

Brad Browning of Lexington, who hoped to sell a shotgun at the gun show Sunday, said it was disappointing when people used weapons in ways in which they were not intended to be used.

DAVID STEPHENSON

Some people at a gun and knife show in Lexington on Sunday expressed concerns about the implications of Saturday's shootings in Tucson, Ariz.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured and six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, were killed during a public event at a shopping center.

Brian Serafini, owner of a gun accessories shop in Lexington, said some gun owners wonder whether government leaders will "institute some law that takes away more of our rights just because you have some crazy guy."

High-profile crimes committed with guns usually reopen a long-standing national conversation about gun-ownership laws.

But on Fox News Sunday, Kentucky's newest U.S. senator said guns weren't the problem.

"It's probably about a very sick individual and what should have been done for that person," Sen. Rand Paul said, according to a New York Times report. "But the weapons don't kill people. It's the individual that killed these people."

Paul noted Giffords, a Democrat, is an avid supporter of gun rights, the Times story said.

Serafini said he heard about the shooting Saturday from another vendor at the Kenny Woods Gun and Knife Show, which was at Lexington Center on Saturday and Sunday. Although high-profile individuals were involved in the Arizona shooting, gun owners receive backlash from violent events every day, he said.

Brad Browning of Lexington went to the show to sell a shotgun. He often hunts on a farm in Marion County and said it was disappointing some people would use weapons in a manner in which they were not intended to be used.

Bill Abner, the show's manager, said he had not heard much talk about the Arizona shooting.

Abner noted, however, that high gas prices and the economy had put a damper on the show.

The show is held about three times a year, and the next one will be in February.

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