Glendale City Council Approves Gun Show Ban
GLENDALE, Calif. (KTLA) — By a one-vote margin, the Glendale City Council has voted to ban gun shows at the Glendale Civic Auditorium and other city-owned properties.
The vote was 3-to-2 in favor of the ban, which involves terminating the city’s contract with the Glendale Gun Show to hold its events at the auditorium.
The Civic Auditorium had been the home of the gun show for 20 years. It has earned the city roughly $38,000 a year.
But in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, growing public pressure led lawmakers to start considering the ban.
The proposal was first suggested by Councilman Rafi Manoukian back in December.
The ban does not affect gun stores already in Glendale.
It is set to take effect on April 18, after which city officials plan to cancel contracts with Glendale Gun Show operators.
The new ordinance comes with threats of litigation from the gun show’s owner and from the National Rifle Association.