Minot 'March for our Lives' sparks gun law discussion

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MINOT, N.D. - A few dozen members of the Minot community turned out Saturday in solidarity with the ‘March for our Lives’ protests in Washington, D.C. and across the country.

The marchers gathered at the federal courthouse building downtown shortly before noon.

Parents and students gathered to push for stricter gun laws, and they were even joined by some international supporters.

The marchers shared with us their concerns over how recent school shootings have impacted attitudes in the classroom.

“I have a three year old daughter and it breaks my heart thinking that when she goes to school, all she will know is that there is a likelihood that there could be an active shooter and that they will constantly have to do active shooter drills,” said Allison Rickert, a demonstrator.

The march was planned to move south on Broadway, but due to the snow, the protesters stayed on the side of the road and walked around the courthouse block.

A gun show was taking place at the North Dakota State Fair Center in Minot Saturday at the same time as the protests.

We spoke with vendors at the show on their thoughts on gun laws and public safety.

People from all over the region headed to the gun show to buy, sell, trade, and swap guns and ammo.

The Minot Rifle and Pistol club has put on the gun show for nearly 50 years

The show's manager, who's also a former Minot police officer, showed concern over outside interests impacting legislation.

“I'm not saying we don't need to tweak a few things, but I'm a little leery with trying to design a horse and make it look like a camel when they're all said and done because too many special interests get involved in it. We'll see where it goes,” said Al Hanson, gun show manager.

The gun show is also happening Sunday with doors opening at 9 a.m.