February 2, 2013
Updated Feb 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM CDT
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- With continued pressure on gun control legislation in Congress, Central Illinois gun owners are not holding back.
Many pro gun citizens in Central Illinois exercised their right to bear arms Saturday along with putting an emphasis on gun safety.
Thousands made their way to the East Peoria Convention Center for the Midwest Gun Collectors Association Gun Show.
The higher number of visitors can likely be stemmed from the increased look at gun control in Congress.
"With the change in politics, people are going out and buying a lot of more ammo and a lot of more guns," said Mike James, Midwest Gun Collectors Association President. "Some of our dealers couldn't even show up today because they ran out of stock."
However, federally licensed gun dealers like Bill Fritz say politics won't stop those who are pro gun from using their 2nd amendment right.
"You have uneducated people no matter what you do," said Fritz. "You have people that don't believe in driving cars. That's their choice. Just don't tell me I can't drive mine."
Meanwhile, Organizations like the Illinois State Rifle Association are doing everything they can to keep gun users safe.
"They need to know what they can and can't do in Illinois with a fire arm," said Richard Pearson, the Association Executive Director. "How to transport it and how to own. How to buy one and how to sell one. That sort of thing so they are not in violation of the law."
A gun safety class for women was held Saturday teaching first time gun users the proper way to handle fire arms along with information on gun laws and how to obtain a FOID card.
"A lot of information and it is a very non political kind of class," said Amy Frakes, a family gun owner. "It's more about information and learning for you."
While gun control is no doubt a hot button issue for debate in Congress, gun owners continue their efforts to keep their constitutional rights.
Many of whom, say mental health issues should be looked at more heavily than the guns themselves.