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Gun show goes on in Phelps County amid national gun control debate

The Phelps County Gun Show was held over the weekend in Rolla at the Hwy 72 Events Center. (MGNOnline)

The Phelps County Gun Show was held over the weekend in Rolla at the Hwy 72 Events Center.

Several vendors brought merchandise such as ammo, rifles, handguns, shotguns, magazines, grips, scopes, knives, and military surplus.

This comes around one month after 17 people were killed in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Since then, the debate surrounding gun control has increased, spurring several student walkouts demanding for change in the laws.

David Clifton said he is a military veteran, a gun owner, and a member of the N.R.A. He came to the gun show to socialize, he said, and indulge in one of his favorite hobbies - firearms.

"I like to go to gun shows," he said. "I'm an avid supporter of the second amendment. I enjoy seeing friends and people I haven't seen for a while."

Clifton said he is a firm believer in the second amendment, but also wants to see better background checks.

"I do like to see a better background check to make sure everybody isn't a problem," he said. "I don't think it's the individual as much as falling through the system."

On March 24, thousands of people will take to the streets in Washington D.C. for "March For Our Lives." The rally will be held to raise awareness about gun violence in schools.

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