The world’s largest gun show is still set to go ahead in Las Vegas just months after it was the location of the worst mass shooting in US history.
Tens of thousands of gun enthusiasts from all over the world will descend on the Strip in
January for the annual exposition of firearms and ammunition – less than three miles from where Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of country music festival goers.
Fifty-eight people were slaughtered and another 527 were injured in the massacre before Paddock turned the gun on himself. Cops found ten automatic rifles in his room.
Now organizers of the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) gun show have confirmed there will be no venue change for their three day event, at the Sands Expo Center, beginning on January 23.
Around $6.5million worth of guns, ammunition and weapon related merchandise will be on display at the trade show – which is not open to the general public.
It is expected to attract 65,000 people from all over the US and 100 different countries.
The only acknowledgement the organizers made to the deadly mass shooting on Sunday was a condolence message posted on their website, which read: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of all those killed and injured in the criminal attack in Las Vegas.’
The website describes the event as ‘the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries.’
A spokesperson said: ‘Out of respect for the families of the victims and the law enforcement process, we are not going to comment or participate in media requests made relating to this attack.’
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which host the show, declined to comment.
Other gun shows planned across Nevada are also due to go ahead despite fears of further mass shootings.
Shows will be held in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Cadillac, Port Huron, Kalamazoo and Novi, where attendees can buy and sell weapons.
Organizers say there will be tight security at the event including a check-in program and entrance screening.