Glendale City Council to discuss ban on gun shows and firearm possession on city-owned property

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Three gun shows are scheduled this year at the Glendale Civic Auditorium for weekends in March, August, and November.   On the Glendale City Council meeting agenda Tuesday night is the option of terminating the gun show’s contracts for this year and future years.  The Council will also discuss a possible moratorium on the sale and possession of firearms and ammunition on all city-owned property. 

The Los Angeles Times reports that Glendale City Councilman Rafi Manoukian suggested the gun show ban last month after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  He says the city shouldn't profit from gun sales, and gun shows shouldn’t take place near schools. The civic auditorium is across the street from Glendale Community College.    

Gun rights advocates have described the gun shows as family affairs with strict rules requiring background checks.  They argue that cancelling the shows will not save lives.