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Glendale Considers Ban on Gun Shows

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.