Houston (Texas) | Selling bullets in bulk as candy, pistols of all colors, displaying hundreds of assault rifles, furniture, and saddlebags being used as pistol stashes, kids under 10 handle these rifles so big that they: Newspaper Immerse yourself in the incredible world of gun maniacs yesterday in Texas.
Amid hundreds of booths displaying firearms and military equipment, thousands of American firearms enthusiasts of all walks flock to the George W. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Australia, Texas.
Since Friday, they are coming to discover the latest from 636 exhibitors participating this year in 151e The National Rifle Association (NRA) Conference, the largest annual gathering of gun manufacturers.
The excitement of being in this high place for gun lovers can be read on the faces of these Americans, who smile arrogantly at the thousands of guns they discover in the hall of more than 56,000 square metres.
“I’ve been waiting for two years, it’s impossible to miss this gathering,” says a visitor with a very conspicuous Georgian accent.
From knives to offensive weapons, through night vision goggles, flak jackets, but also accessories of all kinds such as jewelry and handbags: there is something for everyone.
Pink, Sky Blue, Apple Green, Gold: It is possible to choose your weapon color in some stores.
And manufacturers are not just targeting adults, as youngsters are clearly targeted with designs and colors that appeal to them and are reminiscent of games.
There is no evidence that four days ago an 18-year-old killed 21 people, including 19 children, using an offensive weapon like the one that can be seen everywhere. “Kids can also find air rifles or pistols to start training and learn to handle larger weapons,” explains George Ford of Umarex, which specializes in making this type of weapon.
Everywhere in the huge exhibition hall you can see very young children enjoying taking the firearms displayed on the counters, aiming for brothers and sisters, under the eyes of their parents.
Others, usually teenagers, looked carefully at the details of the pistols they held in their hands, while listening intently to the salesman who was explaining every detail of the thing.
and the woman
And in this male-dominated world, women also find all kinds of accessories made just for them, like handbags or earrings made from the sheer ammo.
Pam Hogstad of BosumBuddy creates handmade women’s holsters that clip onto your bra for extra appreciation. Since she arrived in Houston for her first convention, her counter has intrigued many moms who want to try out her creations.
“It’s important to offer these kinds of products to women, it helps us feel safe holding our guns towards us and feel like we have the power,” explains the 65-year-old who says she always carries a gun on her when she leaves her home.
“We can no longer say that weapons are for men, they are ours too,” she said, laughing.
Furniture that hides weapons
Jill Hero, president of Secret Compartment Furniture, explains that she’s made furniture that allows you to hide your weapons in your home, “without the bad guys finding them.” This businesswoman, who started the business 12 years ago, works with the Amish Company. “It allows me to sell beautiful furniture that lasts and is made right here, at home,” she says proudly.
very special handbag
Since Texans have the right to carry their pistols on the street, JoAnna Guelker decided to create her own collection of handbags so she could discreetly carry her pistol. But it’s hard to sell and advertise your brand. “Arms shops are a little reluctant to take my products because their customers are mostly men, and men don’t buy the bags, not even to give them to their wives,” she says.
Jewelry made of ammunition
Andy Thompson, owner of Spent Rounds store, created jewelry with his wife made from already fired ammunition. The family business is very successful because of the originality of its creations, Mr. Thompson believes. “Our creations, we send them to France, Belgium and the UK. He really likes all over the place,” says this guy from Georgia.
Carry your weapon with your bra
Pam Hogstad of BosumBuddy creates handmade women’s holsters that clip onto your bra for extra appreciation.
The selected cartridges are like candy
One counter allowed visitors to purchase bullets of different calibers in bulk, as if they were candy sold in a sweet shop, at an NRA convention. They just had to fill a bag and weigh it.
The extremist group left a sense of its existence
American extremist group The Proud Boys moved in front of the convention center where the NRA convention is being held. According to the Washington Post, event organizers barred dozens of members from entering the conference. Finally they put themselves in front of the anti-gun demonstrators, who were protesting in front of the building…to protest against them.
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