Glendale Considers Ban on Gun Shows

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GLENDALE, Calif. (KTLA) — A local gun show is under fire. Dozens of people voiced their concerns Tuesday night over an event that takes place on city property.

One after another, gun enthusiasts and residents showed up to try to persuade City Council before it decides whether to have any more gun shows at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

One proposal would cancel rental contracts with the Glendale Gun Show for coming events.

Other ideas include banning all gun sales on city property, or allowing the show to operate through the rest of the year before banning it.

Since 1992, more than 70 gun shows have been held at the civic auditorium.

Organizers say the weekend shows attract nearly 1,500 people, who go to look at or buy guns, rifles and ammunition.

The popular events also bring money to Glendale. In 2012, three gun shows generated about $55,000 in rental and parking revenue, or 13% of the auditorium’s income that year.

Supporters of banning gun shows say that’s jsut a drop in the bucket for the city’s budget.

The next gun show is slated for March 2. Most supporters of banning it say they’re not against gun ownership, but against having a gun show on city land.

City Councilman Rafi Manoukian first floated the ban in December, in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Manoukian says the city should not be in the business of profiting from gun sales, especially with Glendale Community college right across from the auditorium.

Gun show advocates maintain that canceling their event — which they describe as a family affair — will not curb gun violence.

The Glendale mayor says he thinks March is the last time a gun show will be held on city property, and that the City Council will revisit the ban issue in April.

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    • HummingBull

      Us so-called gun-whackos keep your liberal butt safe. We happen to be; Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, Sheriffs, etc…

      Lest we forget, neighbors that will come to your rescue if anybody broke in to your home with malicious intent…

      Guns are not the problem.

    • neohavock

      Who is the Whacko, someone who believes the government knows better than one's self, or the one who believes in the protection (from criminals, foreign invaders and a corrupt / tyrannical government) of one's self through firearms.

  • 2nd Amendment

    People are so blind. Can't you all see that they are trying to disarm the people so we can not revolt when they issue martial law.

  • Naw Cho Cheesy

    POUND SAND!! Rafi .Why do we allow foreigners to suggest Bans / make laws for the country. They could care less about freedom of choice they come from countries that have none.they have their own agenda.

  • Orlando

    That'll show 'em, Glendale!
    With fewer options for law-abiding local citizens to peacefully arm themselves, criminals will naturally go to some other location where their victims are much better armed. As we all know, criminals hate when their victims are easy pickings. Nevermind that gun shows are inherently safe since a would-be criminal would be outnumbered by armed non-bad guys. This is not a time for logic! This is time to expand the reach of the state and its control over private citizens! Let emotions and power rule the day!

    • Roger

      And once again, instead of just attacking and insulting, what sharia friendly solution would you force on us? Would you want us living someplace like the tribal lands of pakistan?

  • mark

    There's nothing wrong at all with having a gun,but i don't think they should have gun shows…….certainly not in LA………i mean c'mon,,,,,how many guns do you need?……..boat shows,motorcycle shows,car shows,,,,,but not gun shows……maybe antique gun shows,,,,but not modern day gun shows………just sayin…

  • Gan

    So they can move the shows to a neighboring city like Burbank or Pasadena? A worthless symbolic gesture that would accomplish nothing but lost revenues for the city.

  • Eric S.

    The city of Glendale (Yes, I'm a resident) is like any other city. It has its good areas and its bad areas. Remove the gunshow, don't remove it. It won't make any difference in "gun safety". If someone who lives in Glendale wants a gun they'll go buy a gun, no matter where they're for sale. The only thing that removing the gunshow is going to do is lose the city some much needed revenue.
    I'm a proud gun owner. Owning a firearm is my right as an American Citizen. Protecting my family is also my right as an American Citizen.
    If Glendale shuts down the gunshot, Burbank, Pasadena, Monrovia or any other city nearby will just pick it up, and there goes that $55,000/year Glendale was getting. But guess what? People will still own firearms in Glendale, plain and simple.
    Just my humble ramblings….

    • PublicNME

      Sounds exactly like what ROBERT would do ,Followed by hiding under the table. As his wife gets violated. he will be seriously reconsidering his choices.

  • wildboarsunlimited

    check out the nation wide ban on gun shows brought on by libtards.. google search "my city wants to ban gun shows"..

    i was at this meeting today and it seems like the Glendale Gun Show will be banned and our rights to a social gathering focused on the 1st and 2nd amendments just got taken from us.. now.. is it legal for them to ban a show that had no contract violations? probably not.. do they care? No..

    libtards got up and said "WE dont want this gunshow in our city, we have the right to not have the gun show on public property" BUT WE, as gun owners and 2nd amendment supporters want the gun show, why is our want less important than the wants of the minority, though our want is a protected want?

  • calisbest

    So let me get this straight. Any illeagle alien, terrorist, recently released from prison or mentally insane person can walk into one of these shows with a wad of cash and walk out with as many high powered military style weapons he wants? I though we were against arming terrorists?

    • oc3068

      No, you still need to get the firearm go through DROS (Dealer's record of sales) system, and then after that you still need to wait 10 days before the gun is shipped or picked it up.

    • Rogue1

      No. None of those you mentioned can legally buy a firearm in CA. All gun show sales in CA must follow state laws in regards to background checks, waiting periods, 1 firearm purchase per month, etc. Your source of information is incorrect. Was it the news media?

  • Joe

    Dear all idiots with blind faith in the governments ability to protect you during a serious emergency or natural disaster. You will be the first victims. Good luck bringing that knife to the gunfight!