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This weekend’s gun show will go on — despite the Parkland school massacre

Port St. Joe registered gun dealer Cliff "Red" Carter, left, is shown in an AP file photo while selling and trading firearms during a gun show in Tallahassee, Florida.
Port St. Joe registered gun dealer Cliff "Red" Carter, left, is shown in an AP file photo while selling and trading firearms during a gun show in Tallahassee, Florida. AP

The gun show must go on.

Three days after Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people — and injured 15 more — with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, prospective gun buyers can go shopping.

Florida Gun Shows is holding a 600-booth expo at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition on Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers confirmed to Miami New Times that there are no plans to cancel this convention, which has been in the works for months.

Every paid admission ($13) receives a chance to enter a drawing and win a free handgun or rifle. Plus kids 11 and under get in free.

A few caveats: You can bring a maximum of two (unloaded) guns into the show for the purpose of “appraisal, sale, trade or for accessories,” but all weapons must be checked at the entrance and secured with a plastic tie strap, advises Florida Gun Shows’ Facebook page.

Also, to purchase a gun in Florida you must be 18 to buy a rifle, 21 to buy a handgun — and a Florida resident.

Nineteen-year-old confessed shooter Cruz bought an AR-15 at Sunrise Tactical Supply, in Coral Springs, near Parkland, a lawyer for the store told media on Thursday.

It was the same weapon used in Wednesday’s massacre, and the same make used in various other mass casualty shootings around the nation.

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