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I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
Hundreds came to the Eastman Gun Show at Macon Centreplex to get deals on firearms.
Attendees tell us that the lines inside the building were long.
Parking lots were full for much of the morning.
And some say they had to wait almost two hours to get either a firearm or ammunition.
Will Ballard, Warner Robins: "They have got quite a few weapons still available inside but like I say the hot seller is the ammo and chances are what they have today is what they have and they're running out, tomorrow they'll have some, but the majority of it is going today."
The show starts up again tomorrow at 10.
If you can't make it this weekend there will be another show in Savannah on February 2nd and 3rd.
Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Washington today to support President Obama's gun control initiatives and calling on Congress to support them.
Chris Mozingo has the story...
LORI BENNETT IS NOT ACCUSTOMED TO EVENTS LIKE THIS.
THIS IS HER FIRST DEMONSTRATION.
"Newtown just tore my heart out. Honestly didn't feel this emotional since 9-11."
MARCHING BEHIND A BANNER THAT SAYS, "WHEN WE STAND TOGETHER, WE STAND A CHANCE"...
SOME DEMONSTRATORS TARGETED THE N-R-A WITH THEIR SIGNS, WHILE OTHERS HELD UP NAMES OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS.
ACROSS THE STREET, A COUNTERDEMONSTRATION.
DICK HELLER WAS THERE.
"It's a dangerous city when people are disarmed."
BOTH RALLIES COME A DAY AFTER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN HIT THE ROAD TO PROMOTE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR NEW FIREARM LAWS.
SEVERAL HIGH-POWERED SPEAKERS ADDRESSED THE CROWD AT THE GUN CONTROL MARCH...
BUT PERHAPS THE MOST POWERFUL TESTIMONY CAME FROM COLIN GODDARD...
A SURVIVOR OF THE 2007 MASSACRE AT VIRGINIA TECH.
"We need to challenge any politician who thinks it's easier to ask an elementary school teacher to stand up to a gunman with an AR-15, than it is to ask them to stand up to a gun lobbyist with a checkbook."
THE INDEPENDENT FIREARM OWNERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT SAYS GUN VIOLENCE WON'T BE SOLVED WITH A BAN.
"What is going to be the impact on the future ban of those magazines and guns on criminals or crazy people? Zero. Nada."
BUT LORI BENNETT HOPES FOR BETTER ODDS THAN THAT.
"The bottom line is, we can't prevent all the violence, but if Adam Lanza went into that school without all those bullets, lives would've been saved."
The Washington DC rally was co-sponsored by One Million Moms for Gun Control... A group that is organizing about a dozen similar rallies across the country.
There's been a lot of talk about gun laws lately... but so far there's been little action in the Georgia capital.
A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston say GOP leaders won't allow any new gun restrictions to be adopted.
But they also haven't endorsed proposals from Republicans to lift restrictions on where Georgians can carry their weapons.
Rep. Paul Battles wants to let local school boards designate administrators who can carry guns on campus. That proposal would leave the decision up to the school board.
That's the rally of a Wisconsin sheriff.
The lawman says calling 911 and waiting for help from police is no longer the best option for people in a dangerous situation.
Nick Bohr has more.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF DAVID CLARKE IS TAKING TO THE RADIO AIRWAVES, CONTROVERSIALLY QUESTIONING POLICE RESPONSES... AND ADVOCATING GUN OWNERSHIP.
You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But, are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we can get there.
THAT LAST PART OF THE MESSAGE IS ACTUALLY APPRECIATED BY MILWAUKEE COUNTY EXECUTIVE CHRIS ABELE.
I was happy to hear the sheriff talk about the importance of safety certifications.
BUT IT'S ANOTHER PART OF CLARKE'S MESSAGE THAT HAS ABELE AND OTHER LEADERS QUESTIONING CLARKE'S JUDGMENT.
But are you ready? With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.
ABELE SAYS HE'S NOT AWARE OF ANY LAYOFFS IN THE SUBURBAN DEPARTMENTS OR MILWAUKEE POLICE...
"Great leadership and very effective and I don't think creating the impression that there is less safety than is actually the case is ever good public policy.
MILWAUKEE ALDERMAN MICHAEL MURPHY SAYS MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICERS GET WEEKS OF TRAINING ON WHEN IT'S APPROPRIATE TO USE DEADLY FORCE... AND HE SAYS INFERRING THAT CALLING 911 IS INADEQUATE.. IS IRRESPONSIBLE.
This type of strategy of telling citizens and inferring that we laid off police officers in the city of Milwaukee is simply not the truth and it's wrong. and we want citizens to be partners with us in fighting crime but they should not be vigilantes.
MAYOR TOM BARRETT ISSUED A ONE-LINE REACTION SAYING "APPARENTLY SHERIFF CLARKE IS AUDITIONING FOR THE NEXT DIRTY HARRY MOVIE.", TO WHICH CLARKE RESPONDED LATE THIS AFTERNOON... REFERENCING THE NIGHT BARRETT WAS BEATEN OUTSIDE OF STATE FAIR, WRITING "A FIREARM AND A PLAN OF DEFENSE WOULD HAVE COME IN HANDY FOR HIM THAT DAY."
The sheriff was questioned about the factual accuracy of his PSA.
He declined to comment.
A called meeting of the Bibb County Board of Education has been rescheduled for this coming Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m.
The meeting was to be held this past Thursday but was called off an hour beforehand because not everyone essential was available.
The meeting was called... soon after word from inside the school board that Superintendent Romain Dallemand offered to leave if the board buys out his contract.
Two board members have confirmed to 13WMAZ that Dallemand made that offer.
The only agenda item is a closed executive session which could include discussions about personnel.
If you were traveling along I-75 this morning and noticed something hovering along the Harley Bridge area... you saw this.
A helicopter carrying HVAC equipment to the roof of the new Tractor Supply distribution center.
Cliffard Whitby of the Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority says this is a new milestone for the center... Where construction began June of last year.
The center is close to 700 thousand square feet.
Whitby says in this case making use of an air crane is the norm.
Cliffard Whitby,Chairman, Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority: "One of the preferred ways to install this equipment is via helicopter so this is something that the community can see and recognize that this is a milestone for this project."
The Tractor Supply Company plans to open the new distribution center by September...
Creating over 300 jobs for the site.
The Cat and the Hat came to life today at the Milledgeville mall...where the city hosted its first Literacy Fair.
The Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the Partners for Progress kicked off the four hour event with free books...games...and performances from local schools.
Carol Goings Workforce Development Committee - "The purpose of this literacy fair is to inform this community."
My Kim Luu & Julianne Blizzard, creekside - "Books, bookmarks, puppets, and stories."
Renee Fontenot, Rotary Club - "Illiteracy is a problem that plagues us in the United States and here in Baldwin County."
Carol - "There are over 30 booths."
Renee - "This is a dictionary we give every third grader in baldwin county."
Kim & Julianne - "My favorite book is Dr. Suess books. Me, too."
This was a free event to showcase different literacy options within the community.
Student council members at Warner Robins High School spent the day raising money for charity...
and helping others save a few bucks at their annual formal dress drive.
The sale featured hundreds of gently used formal and bridal dresses.
Prices ranged from 10... to 50 dollars... and shoppers showed up hours before the doors opened... hoping to find a good deal.
Organizers say the event is just in time for students who are getting ready for prom season.
One central Georgia dad spent a couple of years building the perfect playing field for his kids.
Today... his youngest son was able to celebrate his 9th birthday... on their own Seminoles Football Field.
James West... Of Gray... says the field is 50 yards long... and 25 yards wide.
He says after spending two years of clearing trees.. and putting up goal posts he decided to take the project all the way...
Using 15 gallons of paint... and other materials... to finish it a couple of months before Evan's birthday.
New York City real estate has always been hard to come by.
Now the city is trying to appeal to residents with modern micro apartments.
Mary Snow takes us inside one of those units.
IN A CITY TIGHT ON LIVING SPACE...THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET EVEN TIGHTER.
So this one room is living room, bedroom...
THESE FULL-TIME LIVING QUARTERS ARE WHAT'S CALLED A "MICROAPARTMENT"...squeezed into AN AREA THE SIZE OF A MODEST HOTEL ROOM.
There's the bed unit.....
And then if you don't want to look at the television, you have a bar.....
And then you have a workspace and you have a desk. So again, you have traditional ideas that have been updated in a very modern, sexy Italian way.
PAY A VISIT TO SOME NEW YORKERS WHO ALREADY LIVE IN TINY SPACES...THAT MODERN, SLEEKNESS MAY BE TOUGH TO MAINTAIN.
(nats) Clothes come down..
THIS MICRO APARTMENT --WHICH IS A NOW MUSEUM EXHIBIT-- IS THREE HUNDRED, TWENTY-FIVE SQUARE FEET. REGULATIONS NOW REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF 400 SQUARE FEET FOR NEW UNITS.
BUT THE CITY IS GOING TO BEND THAT RULE FOR A PILOT PROJECT TO BUILD 55 MICRO APARTMENTS-- MAKING SPACE FOR MORE PEOPLE. AND RESERVING NEARLY HALF JUST FOR LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME RESIDENTS.
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK CURATOR DONALD ALBRECHT SAYS NEW YORK IS FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF OTHER PLACES LIKE TOKYO AND HONG KONG.
Why the need for these kind of apartments to live like this?
Because the city is going to have 600-thousand more people and a lot of those people are single. So they want smaller units that they can afford.
WHAT MAY BUY A HOUSE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, WON'T GET YOU FAR IN NEW YORK CITY.
ONE MAJOR REALTOR IN NEW YORK SAYS THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A STUDIO APARTMENT IS ROUGHLY 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
The average price here is 1.4 million dollars. For that you're getting just a small apartment, so even though this seems really expensive, for new york it's a bargain.
A BARGAIN FOR SOMEONE WHO THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX--BUT IS WILLING TO LIVE IN ONE.
The units are also geared toward the increasing number of people living alone.
That is the show for tonight. We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin.
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