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Thousands flock to gun show at Harrisburg's Farm Show Complex

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Thousands of people from across the Northeast are in Harrisburg this weekend for the Mid-Atlantic Arms Collectors Show at the Farm Show Complex.

Show manager Nicholas Jubinski, Jr. said turnout is higher than usual because of a loaded political topic: gun safety legislation.

"I would say the good citizens of this country feel the need to arm themselves," Jubinski said. "Because of the political climate."

"I don't wanna see anything banned, nothing," gun owner William Miller said. "If it was the gun that was the problem, somebody would be getting shot here today."

Senate Democrats shot down legislation on an assault weapons ban because they are afraid it will weaken the whole gun safety package.

But in his weekly address Saturday, President Barack Obama kept an assault weapons ban in the cross hairs.

"Reinstate and strengthen a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons, set a 10-round limit for magazines," Obama said. "These ideas shouldn't be controversial -- they're common sense. They're supported by a majority of the American people."

Most people at the gun show said they support other aspects of gun safety legislation, including background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

"That's not a problem doing background checks. At our show, we recommend that everybody does a background check," Jubinski said.

Gun owners also said they would like to see the government crack down on people who sell guns to criminals.

"If a gun's used in a crime you aided, that's it. It's against the law to aid so you should be tried the same way," Miller said.

"People who sell guns to criminals and intentionally do it are criminals themselves, aren't they," said Jubinski.

The show runs through 4 p.m. Sunday.

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