Roanoke Valley Gun Show participants react to city’s newly-enacted gun ban

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A line of people wrapped around the Berglund Center for the Roanoke Valley Gun Show, and this may be the last time the gun show will be hosted within its four walls.

“It’s not going to stop the Roanoke Valley Gun Show. We’re going to find another building,” said Annette Elliott, President of Showmasters.

Elliott is referring to Roanoke City’s new firearm ordinance which bans people from taking guns into city buildings and parks.

“I agree with not bringing in a gun in the court buildings and stuff, but I highly disagree with the parks,” said RB Sheegog, a Roanoke City resident.

The Berglund Center is owned by the City of Roanoke, and according to Roanoke City attorney Tim Spencer, the ban will not be enforceable until new signs are in place, which is why the gun show was able to see another day.

“It’s a little speed bump. It’s not going to stop us,” said Elliott.

When the vote passed on Monday, March 15, according to Elliott, more than 100 vendors pulled out of the gun show, leaving many vendors worried about its future.

“It’s definitely going to hurt us. The gun shows are a big part of our business, and it’s definitely going to have a negative impact on our business,” said Robert Floyd, Owner of Commonwealth Arms in Covington.

WFXR News asked Elliott if there will be another gun show held at the Berglund Center, to which she replied, “the contract looks really solid. I can’t see any way that they can get around the August and October dates.”

This new ban has created a challenge for both the city and the Roanoke Valley Gun Show.

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