LEE COUNTY, Fla. - To say that traffic was backed up would be an understatement. Thousands of cars filled State Road 78 on their way to the Suncoast Gun Show at the Lee Civic Center. The slowdown started at I-75, nearly three miles from the civic center.
Once you finally arrived at the venue, you still had to wait upwards of an hour to get through the door. Not what Diane Lambrecht was expecting.
"The line, the parking, awful, terrible," said Lambrecht, who came to the gun show with her husband.
"I love to target practice, I go to a gun club, I enjoy doing it with my husband and grandchildren."
Bob Mazzara chose to sit on the sidelines rather than brave the long line. He originally came to buy and sell, but after seeing the line, he opted to try his luck at selling his guns in the parking lot.
"I'm gonna try and sell these few guns out here and leave," said Mazzara.
"I've never seen it like this, I've always just walked in the door," Mazzara said, "this is incredible."
Many longtime attendees of the gun show made the same comment. Kenzo Macherowski came an hour before the doors opened and said the line was still long. He says the ongoing national debate about gun control is driving sales.
"Because of what's going on right now. Nobody has guns, nobody has ammunition, so everybody is trying to get in," said Macherowski.
The Suncoast Gun Show continues Sunday at the Lee Civic Center. Admission is $8, parking is another $5. Expect long lines if you attend.