MARIETTA , Ga - Hundreds of people waited in line for more than an hour to get into the Cobb County Gun Show Saturday, as the debate over gun laws heats up. People told 11 Alive they were trying to stock up on guns and ammunition before the country's gun laws changed.
The issue has come under scrutiny after 26 students and staff members were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Police say the gunman, Adam Lanza, was armed with several guns, including a Bushmaster AR-15 style rifle. In the wake of the shooting, President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to reinstate a ban on assault weapons.
At the gun show in Marietta, some people said they were concerned a ban on assault weapons could lead to further restrictions. "I believe (lawmakers) will make some recommendations that will limit my Second Amendment rights," said Steve Nettles of Acworth.
Other people at the gun show indicated they were worried about their own personal safety. Tammy Jenkins, who works for an attorney, said she bought a weapon so she can protect herself, if something were to happen at her office. "(Newtown) has come to make us realize what can happen," said Jenkins.