NPR : News

Filed Under:

Gun Show Will Go On In N.Y. Town Despite Post-Sandy Hook Opposition

"City Center officials announced Wednesday that this weekend's Saratoga Arms Fair will go on as scheduled, despite pleas from opponents who want the event canceled," the local Saratogian reports.

As All Things Considered reported Tuesday, the gun show has been held in the city's public exhibition space several times a year since 1984. But it was being challenged in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Opponents were pointing out that other gun shows in the northeast have been canceled since the Dec. 14 attack that left 20 children and six educators dead, and called on city officials to do the same.

Along with those who spoke up in opposition to the show, others in the community came forward to say it should be held as scheduled.

Located about 35 miles north of Albany, N.Y., Saratoga Springs is 160 miles north of Newtown.

Today, the Saratogian writes, Saratoga Springs City Center Authority Chairman Joseph Dalton said board members reached a unanimous consensus to let the three-day show take place this weekend. "Any future bookings of gun shows will be investigated and debated," Dalton said. "This is not something we're taking lightly."

David Petronis, the show's promoter, "has agreed to a compromise request from the City Council to not display or sell weapons similar to those used at the Sandy Hook school," All Things Considered reported.

Copyright 2013 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
NPR

Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
WAMU 88.5

Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

WAMU 88.5

Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.