The Barre Fish & Game Club held its 28th annual Central Vermont Gun Show Saturday. Snow and icy temperatures didn't prevent more than 15-hundred people from packing the Barre Memorial Auditorium.
"This is a great show, in a sense, yes it's for Vermonters, New Englanders, Canadians, it's a culture," said Rob Borowske of the Barre Fish and Game Club.
Ninety exhibitors operated more than 200 tables, offering everything from antiques to handguns.
Borowske says demand for so-called assault weapons is dropping from recent spikes.
"I'm sure there's going to be many sold today, these are still legal firearms, but the price is high."
Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon asked the club to bar sales of the weapon and high-capacity magazines. They politely declined but did honor requests to require background checks on all sales.
"It's been a honor and a privilege to work with the Barre Fish and Game Club because they're reasonable people." Lauzon said.
He would like to see registrations for handguns and high capacity magazines in the future. But Saturday, Lauzon set his sights on a new skeet-shooting shotgun.
Borowske helped him pick it out, and fill out the mandatory paperwork.
A small group of protesters rallied outside the show early in the afternoon. They're calling for new legislation to prevent gun violence.
"I think our legislature has an opportunity to act to protect people from gun violence." said Joellen Mulvaney.
Interactions remained civil despite large political divides.
"1st Amendment rights to be here, 2nd amendment to carry a gun and that's pretty much what the conversation has been," Mulvaney said.
Everyone agrees that the aim is to prevent guns from landing in the wrong hands, but the debate over how to do that is unlikely to resolve anytime soon.
The show continues Sunday.