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City Council seeks gun show resolution

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- A resolution asking gun show exhibitors to not display semi-automatic weapons at the first gun show in Saratoga Springs since the Sandy Hook shooting massacre was not enough for taxpayers in the city.

"I don't see why our taxpayer funded facility is encouraging this," said one resident at the meeting.

"The idea of having a gun show now where people want to buy guns I don't think should happen now," said Susan Steer, who started a petition to shut down the show. It's already garnered 1,000 signatures.

At the city council meeting Wednesday night, Mary Los, a sister of a Newtown resident took to the mic to share her thoughts urging city council to take a stance against the show.

The show's promotor David Petronis says it is too late to cancel the arms fair; the contract has been in place for months.

"I can't do that to the livelihood of people who depend on these shows," he said. Steer added,"It's not about the money it's about saving lives."

After hearing from residents one city council member took one step further to amend the resolution that asked exhibitor to refrain from displaying semi-automatics. The resolution's wording was changed slightly to state that city council urged vendors to not exhibit or sell the semi-automatic weapons. "It is a healing gesture. I think it's the right thing to do," said Commissioner Madigan.

Gun shop owners say gun shows are still the safest place to purchase a gun because they have so many rules and regulations in place. 
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