Gun show attendance up as future uncertain

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Attendance was up for what may have been the last weekend for the Bill Goodman Gun and Knife Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

For more than 35 years Goodman’s show has been a fixture at the state fairgrounds.

During the final hour of the gun show, dozens of people filed out of the doors with new guns in hand.

“We are going home with some good guns,” David Hall, who has been attending the show for more than 10 years, told News 2.

Tuesday, the Metro Fairground Commission voted to ban gun shows at the Nashville Fairgrounds, effective January, citing that there needs to be new stricter rules when it comes to purchasing a gun. For instance, individual sellers don’t go through background checks.

“We bought ours from individual sellers, so we didn’t go through background checks,” Hall explained.

Ricardo Minaya, who has also been supporting Bill Goodman’s Gun and Knife Show for more than a decade said that’s an issue.

“As much as I like the gun show and everything that needs to be taken away,” he said.

Those in favor of the show said it’s their right and that Nashville is going to miss out on business and tax revenue.

Metro Council member Steve Glover filed a resolution Friday asking the fair board to overturn their decision.

And Goodman has hired an attorney and plans to fight the board’s decision.

“I hope they fight it and defeat it and we can come back to doing the things that we’ve been doing for the past 10 years that we’ve been coming,” said Hall.

Goodman released a statement saying that he has already booked events at the fairgrounds through the end of 2016.

The Metro Council plans to weigh in on the issue on Dec.15.

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