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Glendale Gun Show Controversy

gun-showThe city of  Glendale has approved an ordinance banning a long-running gun show from being held on city property.

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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.

glendale gun showThe 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.

GLENDALE, Calif. (KTLA) — Both gun buyers and gun protesters were in attendance for the final day of this weekend’s Glendale Gun Show.

The two-day gun show was held over the weekend at the Glendale Civic Auditorium amid controversy.

The event has been held at the site three times a year for at least two decades.

But in January, amid the national gun control debate, the Glendale City Council ordered the drafting of an ordinance that would permanently prohibit the sale of guns on city-owned property.

A final vote on the matter is expected in the coming weeks.

“It’s wrong for our city to be in the business of hosting gun shows on public property,” opponent Steve Ryfle said.

“It’s a community facility, and the events that take place there should be of benefit to the community in addition to bringing in a small amount of revenue.”

“Feel-good, knee-jerk reaction legislation that’s happening, and that’s it,” declared gun owner Drayson Helberg.

“We should be enforcing the gun laws taht are in effect,” he said.

“Everywhere is seeing big numbers. All gun shows are seeing big numbers right now,” said gun show promoter Steve Friesen.

After President Obama revealed his plan to pass stricter gun control legislation, a bit of a backlash continues.

One gun shop in New Hampshire has posted images of infamous dictators outside, alongside Obama. The store’s owner calls the president “firearms salesman of the year.”

For more information on the Glendale Gun Show, visit its official website. 

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.