gun shows

Gun Laws Languish In Broward County, But That Could Change

Aug 13, 2019
Michele Eve Sandberg / South Florida Sun Sentinel

It could become harder to buy a gun at a gun show in Broward County.

Some county leaders want to tighten regulations that have allowed people to buy guns without background checks or waiting periods.

Twenty years ago, Broward County implemented background checks and a five-day waiting period for people to buy guns, but the regulations haven’t been enforced at gun shows because of a state law that kept the power to make gun laws out of city and county hands.

Sophia Cai / WLRN News

Republicans working to re-elect President Donald Trump sent volunteers to a voter drive at a gun show in Pembroke Pines over the weekend. 

Fort Lauderdale Beefs Up Legal Team To Fight Gun Show

Jan 23, 2019
women standing with signs to end gun shows
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale renewed its commitment to keep a gun show out of the city-owned War Memorial Auditorium, voting Tuesday night to beef up payments to an outside legal team fighting a lawsuit on the matter.

Florida Gun Shows Inc. filed a federal lawsuit against the city in October, a month before its last show in the auditorium.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection / AP

Fort Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium, inside Holiday Park, has been hosting gun shows seven times a year for the last 30 years. On Tuesday, the City Commission announced at a conference meeting that it’s looking to end those shows later this year.

 

Charlie King lives in the city’s Victoria Park neighborhood and frequently speaks in front of the commission. He told commissioners at the meeting that he doesn’t like the gun show location. 

Fort Lauderdale gun show protests
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Before Tuesday evening’s Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting, protesters gathered outside City Hall with signs asking motorists to honk if they wanted to end the gun shows that take place at Holiday Park eight times a year.  

 

This was not Barbara Markley’s first gun show protest outside of Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall. It was her sixth. 

women standing with signs to end gun shows
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The debate over a long-running gun show in Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park has carried over into the new year.