Many had been alerted to the no-firearms edict, so few arrived packing.
"I got a gun in the car," said Deborah Phelps of Fredonia, Ky.
The alert, however, said nothing about pocketknives, which seemingly everybody here was carrying. Hundreds of conventiongoers finally reached the detectors only to be told they could not be admitted with an implement they had never even considered to be a weapon.
Yet another long line formed at a glassed-in kiosk where a pair of Expo Center security guards agreed to watch over the knives.
The Huckster was also there. This guy really is a piece of work.
I wonder if his remarks will make any major headlines
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee, interrupted on Friday by a loud crash as he spoke to the National Rifle Association, joked that the noise was Democratic candidate Barack Obama falling off a chair as he dodged a gun aimed at him.
"That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair. He was getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him, and he dove for the floor," Huckabee told the NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky, in comments that aired on CNN.
Just shoot me now....