It was a huge day on Gun Appreciation Day across America, including in flyover country in the heartland of America.
In Springfield, IL, at the Egyptian Collector’s Association gun show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, thousands of visitors flocked in, parking for blocks around the Orr Building to attend the show. The line to enter was one to two blocks long at open and it was noon-time before the line to enter dissipated.
For Guns Save Life, located just inside the entrance to the show, it was a banner show for us. We signed up a slew of new members, sold well over a thousand dollars in drawing tickets, with the Great Guns IV drawing being our most popular item with the AR-15 and M1 Garand as prizes. By the way, we’ll draw the winners on February 12, 2013 at the Rantoul Guns Save Life meeting. It’s not too late to get tickets. Need not be present to win.
We also answered questions from dozens of folks about the status of carry in Illinois, as well as assuring people that the votes aren’t here in Illinois to ban modern firearms as the New York legislature recently did.
Our brothers-in-arms at the Illinois State Rifle Association were next to us and they literally had a line of people signing up for memberships at times.
Lots of ammunition and quite a few guns were sold at this show and the media was there in force as well.
The promised anti-gun demonstrators were a no-show.
Reports from the Indy 1500 gun show indicated there was a line of over 1,000 people snaking for blocks of people waiting in line to get in. The story we were getting was that it took upwards of two- to three-hour wait in line at the height of the rush.