DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) The accused Parkland, Florida gunman bought his weapon at a gun store.
But thousands of Americans buy firearms at gun shows every year.
Shows like the one at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds this weekend can be a learning experience.
Rick Piel, who is a vendor at this show says, "They ought to come to a gun and knife show, just to see the environment and meet the people."
The Collector's and Shooter's Club has been bringing gun shows to Dothan for the past 15 years.
Promoter Ryan Wells says the event is a good place for anyone to learn about guns and those who shoot them.
Wells says, "Talk to some of the people who have actually shot guns, or been around the gun culture for a while. It's not as bad as people make it out to be."
Darrell Ingram is one of the vendors at the show, and he says introducting families to guns through shows like these can help to teach them about firearms.
"It's good training, it gets them around the gun, they can look at things, and see things. You know it's just real good, family type things. Most of the vendors are friendly and will explain things to people," said Ingram.
The CACS will have three more shows in Dothan throughout the year. The next one is July 4th weekend.