Ariz. shootings big topic at Cow Palace gun show

January 15, 2011 6:20:09 PM PST
The organization that put on a gun show in Tucson Saturday is also putting one on at the Cow Palace in Daly City this weekend.

The group is called "Crossroads of the West." A spokesman says 4,000 people turned out in Tucson and the mood was described as less upbeat than past shows. The group thought about cancelling the event, but decided the shooting was about a man with mental issues and not gun rights.

The event in Daly City was packed Saturday with people buying guns and ammunition, and talking about the shootings in Tucson.

"I already have weapons, but I may be purchasing another one," says Rawnie Celements of Newark.

Ever since Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, gun sales have gone up in Arizona as well as several other states. Word is also spreading among Second Amendment supporters about Joe Zamudio, the open carrier who happened to be shopping nearby when the shooting started.

"Something needed to be taken care of. That was my immediate problem, was address that firearm," Zamudio says.

Zamudio saw the gunman, Jared Loughner, and another man struggling with the gun. At that point, he did not know who the shooter actually was. He chose not to fire his weapon but instead, to hold both men down just in case. Gun owners insist Zamudio is a perfect example of why Americans should have the choice to arm themselves.

"It's opening doors. It's basically saying people should have weapons in case something like this does happen," Omar Sanchez of Oakland says.

"When you get a whole bunch of people pulling guns, then you have more chaos and a more deadly situation," says Karen Arntzen with the Brady Campaign.

The Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence continues to push for more gun control. Members applaud California's new state law which takes effect in February. It requires handgun ammunition to be bought in person with ID and a thumb print for extra verification.

Joe Enfantino of Santa Clara says, "There's another dumb law in California."

Senator Mark Leno backs the bill and says, "We should be tracking who's purchasing this ammunition, and we know the assailant in Tucson last weekend walked into a store, bought magazine cases of 30 rounds or more."

Gun owners admit they are stocking up on ammo before the law kicks in.