LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Two weeks following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, a gun show opens its doors Saturday. But as vendors and dealers set up Friday, gun control was the topic on the mind of the show’s president
That is also on the minds of millions of Americans, whichever way they sway on the controversial issue.
For Bob Templeton, his heart is broken for the children whose lives were lost. He believes there should be gun control, and has some ideas.
His suggestions include supporting the training of teachers to use and carry guns, and or protecting the campuses with armed volunteers.
“I'm suggesting that a plain clothes civilian trained retired law enforcement volunteer, not in uniform would be part of the security for every school at NRA's expense,” Templeton’s said.
That means many NRA members and supporters would volunteer at campuses that request protection.
Another suggestion: bringing mental health professionals into the fold.
“I hope that the mental health professionals will weigh in on this matter as we evaluate what our alternatives are going forward, so that they the mental health professionals can develop profiles which will identify folks that are perhaps in treatment who are potential violent offenders,” Templeton said.
As for monitoring who buys handguns and long guns that includes assault rifles at this gun show, all dealers and have to follow federal and local laws. This may include background checks and/or a 72 hour waiting period. Private sellers can legally sell to private buyers and don’t have to do a background check; meaning the buyer can walk out of the gun show with a weapon right away.
An estimated 12,000 people may attend this gun show which is open Saturday and Sunday.