NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - As Las Vegas continues to mourn less two weeks after the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history, many people question gun control. Specifically, they wonder how shooter Stephen Paddock got his hands on more than 30 guns in a 12-month period. He used some of them to brutally murder 58 people and injure over 500 more.
But gun enthusiasts like Martin Tretola are frustrated over the negative connotation of owning guns. His store, T&T Gunnery in Seaford, sells between 3,000 and 5,000 guns each year. He has never sold bump stock devices -- the accessory Paddock used to speed up the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons. Instead, he sells shotguns, rifles, and pistols that he said are used for protection or collection.
"I know people that own thousands of guns and they're collectors," Tretola said. "They just keep their guns locked up."
Tretola is hosting a gun show this weekend at the Freeport Recreation Center. He planned it well before Paddock opened fire. Tretola said Paddock is to blame -- not the guns.
"How do you clear up crazy? You got a man that did this that's crazy," Tretola said. "How can you clear that up?
Rita Kestenbaum lost her daughter Carol in an act of gun violence. She said a gun show shouldn't be glorified.
"There's violence in Freeport," Kestenbaum said. "We want to control the violence not add more fuel to the fire."
Tretola said everyone in New York State must pass a background check before buying a gun.