Protesters picket Winston-Salem Gun & Knife Show

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — More than 1,000 people stood in line during one of the biggest gun shows in history Saturday in Winston-Salem – including protesters.

Around 30 people protested the Winston-Salem Gun & Knife Show at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum, with signs that voiced concern about the weapons.

Thousands attended the event throughout the day, which featured AR-15s, rifles and shotguns.

“We’re not against hunters or people who want to target shoot, but we are against the gun mayhem we have in this country,” said Gail McNeill, a protester.

Anthony Hodges attended the show and said he understands why people need to have a license to carry a gun.

“The law-abiding citizen does not have a problem with the guns,” he said. “It’s always the criminals that have the problems with the guns.”

The show will open again Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.