The Clayton Rotary Club hosted one of its biggest fundraisers this weekend in the North Country. Thousands of people showed up to attend their annual Gun and Sportsman show. YNN's Carmella Mataloni was at the event and she shows us how this year was a little different with the New York State SAFE Act in effect.
CLAYTON, N.Y. -- It's a big event in Northern New York that draws outdoor enthusiasts from across the region. The 36th annual Clayton Gun and Sportsman show closed out with a bang Sunday afternoon.
"We have quite a few returned vendors and a few new ones and the level of enthusiasm for the show seems to be about the same," said David Neuroth, Rotary Club President.
More than 60 gunsmiths set up their tables and showcased their collections at the Cerow Recreation Park Arena. Cases and racks were filled with everything from new and antique guns, military collectibles, ammunition, knives and sporting gear.
Also around the arena were signs reminding visitors about the new New York State SAFE Act laws and how to abide by them. The event even got a visit from the state auditor’s office who commended them on the safety and organization of the event.
"No one can go out or come in once the show has started and any person that brings in a piece to be sold has to register it at the desk behind me with serial numbers and anyone who purchases any kind of weapon has to get what is called a Nics number," said Neuroth.
With some of the SAFE Act laws already going into effect, some of the people here say they're not sure what to expect next.
"I don't know, I mean, we just don't know where it is going. It was a feel good type of thing and on some action I understand it and I would give up every one of my guns if I knew I could save a young man or lady's life, but I don't know if this is going to do it," said Ken Banse, West Town resident.
"I hope that we are still going to be able to buy right from here just like we have. As long as we do our background checks and people check out, they are allowed to take rifles and shotguns," said John Drapikowski, a vendor.
Rotary members say it’s important to keep the gun show running strong. It's one of their biggest fundraisers to help provide scholarships for North Country students.