The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 13, 2013

Gun show draws 900

Beavertown resident: National focus on weapons misses mark

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— NESCOPECK — A record number of gun enthusiasts attended the first day of the annual Nescopeck Hunting and Rifle Club gun show as the debate over gun control has taken on a fever pitch in the wake of mass shootings in 2012.

“People are concerned,” club member Bob Hettinger said Saturday of the nearly 900 visitors at the show that features 25 vendors and continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Nescopeck Township Fire Company.

In 2012, the two-day event drew 927 people and in 2011, a total of 740, he said.

“This is the most I’ve seen in the five years that I’ve been coming here. The American people’s constitutional rights are under assault and I think they want to show that the Second Amendment is precious to them,” club member and local National Rifle Association member Rod Cusumano said.

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