Entries in Gun Show (5)


California City Bans Gun Shows

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Calif.) -- Glendale, Calif., has told the organizers of an annual gun show to find a new home after the City Council on Tuesday voted to approve a ban on the possession and sale of firearms by private dealers on city property.

The vote, a reaction to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., was attended by supporters of the ban and members of the National Rifle Association, who opposed it.

The Glendale Gun Shows have generated about $158,000 in revenue over the last three years and was projected to have brought in another $57,000 in 2013 if the ban was not put in place by a three to two vote.

Gun enthusiasts spoke passionately against the prohibition that goes into effect on April 19.

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Three Wounded in Accidental Gun Show Shooting

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Three people were wounded at a gun show in North Carolina on Saturday, when a 12-gauge shotgun accidentally fired as a man was trying to open the case during a security check, local officials said.

A retired sheriff’s deputy and two bystanders were hit by shotgun pellets today at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, which is held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

“When he attempted to open the case to be inspected, the shotgun accidentally discharged,” fairgrounds spokesman Brian Long said.

The three suffered minor gunshot wounds.

Because of the shooting, Long said private gun sales will be banned at the show Sunday.

“We are not going to allow any what you would call private person-to-person gun sales,” he said. “They will not be allowed to bring a gun with them. They will only be able to come in and buy from the vendors that are selling at the show.”

Long said thousands of people turned out to attend the annual show.

“The advance ticket sales for the show were higher than usual, so we do believe that we have an adequate number of officers and security personnel on sight,” he said.

There were two other incidents at other gun shows around the country Saturday.

A man shot himself in the hand when he was unloading his .45-caliber semi-automatic at the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show in Indianapolis. And gun dealer checking a semi-automatic handgun he’d bought accidentally pulled the trigger, and the bullet ricocheted off the floor and hit a friend in the arm and leg. The gun’s magazine had been removed, but one round was still in the chamber, police said.

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Gun Show Near Newtown Goes On, While Others Rush to Cancel

ABC News(STAMFORD, Conn.) -- A little more than 40 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where last month 20 first graders and six staff members were massacred, gun dealers and collectors alike ignored calls to cancel a gun show, and gathered for business in Stamford, Conn.

Four other gun shows with an hour of Newtown, Conn., recently cancelled their events in the wake of the shootings, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza broke in to the elementary school with a semi-automatic assault rifle and three other guns.

The organizers in Stamford emphasized their show only displayed antique and collectible guns, not military style assault weapons like the one used by Lanza in Sandy Hook.

Still, Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia had called for the show to close its doors, calling it "insensitive" to hold so close to the murders.

Gun show participant Sandy Batchelor said he wasn't sure about whether going ahead with the show was "insensitive," but said the shooter should be blamed, not the weapons he used.

"I don't have a solid opinion on [whether it is insensitive]," Batchelor said. "I'm not for or against it. I would defend it by saying it wasn’t the gun."

In nearby Waterbury, the community cancelled a show scheduled for this weekend.

"I felt that the timing of the gun show so close to that tragic event would be in bad taste," Waterbury Police Chief Michael J. Gugliotti said.

Gugliotti has halted permits for gun shows, saying he was concerned about firearms changing hands that might one day be used in a mass shooting.

But across the country, farther away from Connecticut, attendance at gun shows is spiking, and some stores report they can hardly keep weapons on their shelves with some buyers fearful that the federal government will soon increase restrictions on gun sales and possibly ban assault weapons altogether.

"We sold 50-some rifles in days," said Jonathan O'Connor, store manager of Gun Envy in Minnesota.

President Obama said after the Sandy Hook shooting that addressing gun violence would be one of his priorities and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), said she would introduce an assault weapons ban this month.

But it is not just traditional advocates of gun control that have said there need to be changes in gun laws since the horrific school shooting.

Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat but a long-time opponent of gun control who like Hutchison has received an A rating from the NRA, have both come out in support of strengthening gun laws.

In Stamford, gun dealer Stuart English said participants at the gun show there are doing nothing wrong.

"I have to make a living. Life goes on," gun dealer Stuart English said.

ABC News asked English, what he thought about the mayor of Stamford calling the show "insensitive."

"He's wrong," English said. "This is a private thing he shouldn't be expressing his opinion on."


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Protest to Be Held at Connecticut Gun Show

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(STAMFORD, Conn.) -- Occupy the NRA, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, will be holding a protest against a gun show held on Saturday in Stamford, Conn.

The gun show is only 40 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the fatal shootings of students and teachers.

Amid gun show cancellations across the country, and despite the mayor’s plea, the East Coast Fine Arms Show will go on as scheduled this weekend.

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Shooting Debate Moves to Tucson Gun Show

Image Courtesy - ABC News illustration(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Flags were flown at half-staff at the Crossroads of the West gun show on Saturday just 13 miles outside Tucson, Ariz., exactly one week after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was injured in a shooting that left six dead.

"Clearly it's a difficult time, our hearts reach out to those impacted by this tragedy," said Bob Templeton, the event's organizer. "We're all part of this community. Gabrielle Giffords was a friend of gun rights. A gun owner herself and an advocate for Second Amendment rights," said Templeton.

Some in the community found the timing of the show insensitive.

"I think that's rubbing salt in a raw wound," said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence. "While we know that [shooter Jared Lee Loughner] apparently did not get his gun from a gun show, a lot of the dangerous people that get guns in this country get them from gun shows."

But that argument doesn't go over so well in gun country.

"I don't agree that restrictions on firearms ownership or guns or ammunition or indeed even high-capacity clips are the answer or the solution -- or even part of the solution," said Templeton.

Gun sales have increased across the country since the shooting. On Monday, dealers in Arizona reported a 60 percent jump in one-day handgun sales. Across the state, the hottest seller has been the Glock 19, the same gun used in the massacre. In Ohio, sales were up 65 percent. Illinois sales rose 38 percent and in New York, 33 percent.

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