Skip to comments.Some gun shows canceling after Conn. mass shooting
Posted on 01/05/2013 10:06:14 AM PST by Impala64ssa
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Four gun shows, all about an hour's drive from Newtown, Conn., all canceled.
A show in White Plains, N.Y., - brought back a few years ago after being called off for a decade because of the Columbine shooting - is off because officials decided it didn't seem appropriate now, either. In Danbury, Conn. - about 10 miles west of Newtown - the venue backed out. Same with three other shows in New York's Hudson Valley, according to the organizer.
Gun advocates aren't backing down from their insistence on the right to keep and bear arms. But heightened sensitivities and raw nerves since the Newtown shooting have led to toned-down displays at gun shows and prompted some officials and sponsors to cancel the well-attended exhibitions altogether.
Some of the most popular guns will be missing from next weekend's gun show in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., after show organizers agreed to bar the display and sale of AR-15 military-style semiautomatic weapons and their large-clip magazines.
"The majority of people wanted these guns out of the city," said Chris Mathiesen, Saratoga Springs' public safety commissioner. "They don't want them sold in our city, and I agree. Newtown, Conn., is not that far away."
The mayor of Barre, Vt., wants a ban on military-style assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show in February. Mayor Thom Lauzon says he supports responsible gun ownership but is making the request "as a father." The police chief in Waterbury, Conn., just a few miles from Newtown, has halted permits for gun shows, saying he was concerned about firearms changing hands that might one day be used in a mass shooting.
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I can’t imagine dealers having the stock to make it worth the cost of a gun show booth right now. The shelves are bare at the gun shops as it is
maybe this is the time to sell my DSA STG-58...?
Quite possibly, trade shows in general are very costly and time consuming. Oftentimes companies loose $$$ on these venues.
Makes as much sense as canceling a car show because of a massive freeway pile up somewhere.
Looks pretty dangerous to me.
Cover the whole magazine it would.
I’m concerned that the idiot police chief in Waterbury, Connecticut and/or the officers under his command might someday use THEIR weapons in a “mass shooting.”
This joke of a police chief should set an example and turn in all of the tax-payer supplied weapons in the Waterbury police department. Just give them to all the Waterbury tax payers who want them and can pass a quick background check.
You raise a good point. A 12 gauge shotgun shell is deadly, therefore 12 gauge wire must be deadly too.
A show about an hour’s drive from me had people waiting for a half an hour to get in when the doors opened this morning. All that discretionary spending the MSM claimed was happening until they told us it really didn’t? I think I know where the money went and who the Salesman of the Year is.
And here are some large magazine clips.
The shelves are bare at the gun shops as it is.
That is exactly the way it is here in my area.
After 0bama's speech one shop had a person sitting by the phone for two days to tell people that their were sold out. The calls were non stop.
I said WTF?
He said O bummer is the best thing to happen for his business in years.
Yep - empty walls and empty ammo shelves all over. .22LR almost extinct. I was surprised to find some .22LR (CCI standard velocity) in 500 packs (10 50-rd boxes in a larger box) at a local Dick's. I also heard that Academy acquires ammo twice a week with .22LR as part of shipment.