Vendors, buyers discuss firearm regulation

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Shannon Rhodes of Corydon walked out of the Indiana National Guard Armory without having made a purchase, but she didn’t leave empty handed.

“I came to learn about handguns,” she said.

Rhodes is interested in buying a handgun for personal protection, so she visited the Tri-State Gun Show in Seymour for the first time Saturday.

“It was the first time I came to a gun show and actually paid attention to things,” she said. “It was very educational. I learned a lot.”

Rhodes and her father, David Rhodes of Corydon, were among the hundreds of people who visited the show Saturday and Sunday, filling the aisles and on some occasions waiting in line outside the building.

Tom Allman of Tri-State Gun Show said heavy turnouts for the shows have been consistent since President Barack Obama was re-elected last fall.

“Obama and all (gun control advocates) up there put fear in people,” the Brownstown resident said.

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