A gun show was held in the same county as the mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida school earlier in the week.
The manager of the Florida Gun Show in Ft. Lauderdale said Saturday that the event was pre-scheduled years in advance, and the venues were reserved for the gun show years in advance.
Jorge Fernandez said it would have been cost prohibitive to cancel, and that they extend their “deepest condolences” to the people involved in the Parkland shooting.
Flyers posted at the show entrance said there was no “disrespect or insensitivity” intended by the show, and said show organizers demand and enforce strict gun safety and encourage training.
Hundreds of people attended the show.