Protesters gather outside of gun show in Las Vegas
Just one day after the President proposed 23 executive orders to limit how guns are used in the U.S., backlash has begun across the country -- and it's reaching the Silver State.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Just one day after the President proposed 23 executive orders to limit how guns are used in the U.S., backlash has begun across the country and it's reaching the Silver State.
Those proposals are sparking a heated debate on gun control right here in Las Vegas.
One of the industry's biggest shows is taking place at the Sands Convention Center, and protesters are letting their feelings known right outside.
Members of Nevada Desert Experience, an interfaith peace organization, stood on the corner of the Las Vegas Strip and read the names of the victims killed in gun violence in the last month.
"The reason we're here is to raise awareness and support a better way, support gun ownership reform," said Mary Lou Anderson.
They chose to protest on Thursday because the National Shooting Sports Foundation's SHOT show is underway. It's one of the biggest shows for the gun industry, but protesters say it's happening too soon after the Connecticut tragedy.
"I think they could have waited," Anderson said. "Regardless of whether they're responsible gun owners or not, I think the timing was incredibly poor."
But gun manufacturers say timing is the reason the show had to go on. The president's proposal to ban assault weapons has actually led to more business.
"The fear of having your rights taken away definitely increases sales because people do not want to lose the chance to purchase these weapons," said Joe Sirochman with American Spirit Arms.
Some people in the industry say more background checks could help prevent acts of gun violence, but they don't think putting their livelihoods in jeopardy will solve anything.
Sirochman weighed in on that, too.
"If there was a car accident outside, you wouldn't be shutting down the car dealership that was in front of the car accident, now would you?"
Action News contacted the National Shooting Sports Foundation to see if SHOT Show organizers considered postponing it, but our calls were not returned.