Gun show last one for New York horse-racing town before the ban goes into effect

Gun dealer Paul Ackermann said the loss of the gun show in Saratoga Springs will be a 10 percent dent in its business.


An upstate New York city best known for thoroughbred horse racing is the host of the final gun show over the Memorial Day weekend for a ban has come into effect.

The Saratoga Springs city council voted unanimously in March to ban gun sales on city-owned property, after the February massacre at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Antiques shows will still be allowed on city properties, but gun shows will now have to be held at your own locations.

“I have the feeling that a terrible end. We should still be allowed to be here,” says the Chairman of New East Coast Arms Collectors-David Petronis told WTEN.

Petronis brings all gun shows in the Saratoga Springs City Center for more than 30 years, is organizing more than 100 gun shows, which have become an annual tradition in the area.

Gun shows in Saratoga Springs, New York will now be held at your own locations.


“We have made a lot of friends, lots of money, lots of money to Saratoga,” Petronis said.

The show has brought some controversy in the past, including in a time of plan to display Hitler artifacts.



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“It was just this constant sort of barrage of media-fling circus,” City Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan told WTEN.

Madigan said that between the prior incidents and community reaction to the recent mass shootings across the country, the city had no choice.

The Saratoga Springs city council voted unanimously in March to ban gun sales on city-owned property.


“This was quite clear,” she said.


Some of the inhabitants of the city is approximately 40 miles north of Albany, cheered the decision.

“There is too much gun violence in this world, and I think that show promotes it,” Carol Squillacioti said.

But others think that the decision of the board is an infringement on their rights.

“We believe in the Second Amendment, and we think New York is just trying to unarm its citizens,” William Minner of Albany told WTEN.

David Petronis has organised more than 100 shows of the past 30 years.


Dealers also rely on such shows for a living beat the decision.

“The loss of this show will likely be approximately 10 percent dent in my show business, my income for the whole year,” Paul said Ackermann.


Petronis told WTEN he won’t be deterred by the change of place, because he is not leaving the company anytime soon.

“Things change. Life goes on,” he said. “I’ll be wheeled on a stretcher from a gun show and that is in my blood, and that is the way it will be.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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