At world’s largest gun show, few worries about tighter controls

Popular trade show offers everything from gun cleaning kits to body armor

By Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

LAS VEGAS —The tens of thousands of gun enthusiasts, sellers and manufacturers gathering here for the world’s largest firearms show are well aware of the political battle unfolding in Washington over tighter controls on ­assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines. They are neither worried nor reassured.

A gun dealer from Indiana was happy to offer his view of what’s happening in Washington the day before President Obama is set to outline what is expected to be an ambitious effort to tighten controls.

“It’s ridiculous,” Steve Drake, the owner of the Gun Den in Shelbyville, Ind., said Tuesday outside the show’s well-guarded entrance. “Newtown is a tragedy, but it goes back to insane people. You can’t control insane people. What we need to do is put more arms in sane people’s hands so insane people won’t be able to get so many shots off.”

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