It was exhilerating to be there on Saturday. It was packed which made it difficult to move around the show. I felt so happy that people are arming themselves to the teeth against a run-away government.

I've made a big batch of popcorn to watch Waco style events in the near future. Government forces are so outnumbered.

If push came to shove, it would be a bloodbath for anyone wearing a badge and violating their oath to defend the US Constitution.

Long lines at Marlborough gun show don't deter gun enthusiasts January 27, 2013
Scott O'Connell Metrowest Daily News
MARLBOROUGH -- By noon on Saturday, the line to get into the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center snaked out the door and nearly into the parking lot. But even a reported hour-long wait wasn't enough to discourage thousands of residents from getting inside.

"This is the biggest crowd I've ever seen at the Marlborough gun show," said vendor Frank Summers, who estimated his company's sales would far eclipse anything it had done in the past there.

Motivated by fears that the government could soon crack down on gun ownership rights and even ban certain weapons, firearm enthusiasts and first-time gun buyers alike are rushing out to make purchases now. Even shows like this weekend's, which featured a range of guns, ammunition, knives, swords and other weapons and accessories, have been tough to find lately; several similar events were recently canceled in the Connecticut and New York area in the wake of the Newtown shooting in December.

"There's fear here and everywhere," said Newman Chittenden, whose NewMart Promotions organized the Marlborough show in conjunction with the NRA-affiliated Westchester Collectors Club. "There's a real concern (the government) will make it impossibly difficult (for gun owners)."

Much of the talk outside Saturday's show, which prohibited media from coming inside, was that law-abiding gun owners have unfairly had to shoulder the blame for the Sandy Hook massacre and other recent shootings across the country. Chittenden said many are "offended" they're even being linked to Newtown.

"We're not the problem," he said, adding that criminals and other potentially dangerous people don't go to gun shows. "You're not going to be able to interview the problem."

Several shoppers and vendors said stricter gun laws won't do much to stop the types of people who commit mass shootings.

"Regardless of what restrictions you put on personal weapons, criminals and disturbed individuals will always be able to get their hands on something," said Summers.

But Summers also couldn't complain about the recent boost in business that's come out of the latest gun control debate. His Boxborough-based company, EyePal, doesn't even sell weapons - its main product is a pinpoint sight aid for target shooters invented by his brother, Charles Summers - but still was doing brisk business.

"It's like the stock market," he said, referring to another institution that rises and falls based on fear. "You can't blame people for it. Personally, I don't own a gun and I'm not really a gun advocate, but I can understand it."

Shoppers at Saturday's show, most of whom declined to give their names, ran the gamut from experienced hunters and collectors to relative newcomers to the world of firearms, from bearded men in camouflage jackets to young mothers with children in tow. Joe, an Uxbridge resident who declined to give his last name, said he is in the process of obtaining his license to carry, and stopped by to purchase some ammunition.

"I'm not a gun owner yet," he said, adding he mostly wants one for protection.

A Lowell man who identified himself as Mr. Celeste said most gun buyers, especially those who own high-powered weapons that could be targeted by future gun bans, would rather be safe than sorry these days.

"Once you own one, nobody can take it from you," he said. "And everybody knows that. That's why there's a huge turnout here."

The gun show continues today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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