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Thousands crowd Virginia gun show

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CHANTILLY, Va. -

The gun control debate has been front and center since the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut two weeks ago. While some are calling for stricter laws others are lining up to arm themselves, concerned their guns could be taken away. That's exactly what happened at a gun show in Chantilly, Virginia.

You think some people like their guns? Hundreds and hundreds of people were waiting in line to get into this weekend's gun show, two hours before the doors opened at three this afternoon. The line snaked around the building.

"With all the political issues and all that I think there are more people that weren't interested in guns before and they are now," said Rafael Barreto, a gun enthusiast.

They are interested because of talk of new gun control legislation in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Gun enthusiasts say a crackdown wouldn't work.

"No lawful gun owner would even think of doing something like that," said Dave McKenzie, a gun collector.

Inside the Dulles Expo Center there are guns and ammunition and more guns.

It's one of the most heavily attended gun shows on the east coast. There are even machine guns for sale.

Machine gun collector Bob Forrest is an aviation lawyer from New Hampshire.

"There's a very active shooting market for machine guns where people will get together and actually shoot machine guns all day long."

In two national polls taken since the Newtown massacre nearly half, and in the other nearly 60 percent of those asked said they support some form of enhanced gun control in this country.

Outside the Expo Center, members of Code Pink called for a ban on assault rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines.

In District Heights, Maryland Friday about two dozen men, women and children gathered outside a gun shop they say helps contribute to gun violence in our communities.

They say guns send too many young people to their graves or prison.


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