Last Gun Show Attracts Big Crowd and Protesters in Glendale
To agree with ending this gun show-I’d have to see a correlation proving that ending a gun show where back ground checks and waiting periods are required can possibly reduce gun crime. Or the rate of guns in criminal hands. No one on the Glendale council has shown “good cause” to end the show. Of course it’s an option for the city to allow it or not. But the timing looks like a raw short term political play to me.
The show as a legal and profitable venue is a two way plus for the city and citizens at large. It is providing a safe and regulated environment for gun sales and transfers. There is no gun show loophole in California. We already have universal gun checks.
Dozens of protesters — some with clashing messages — flocked to the Glendale Gun Show on Saturday, both to protest and support what was likely the last, and as it turns out, largest, gun show at the Civic Auditorium.
“People seem to think disarming good people will disarm bad people,” said Temple City resident James Hake, holding a sign supporting the 2nd Amendment. “That’s a mistake.”
Representatives of Occupy Democracy - Pasadena, a local group with ties to the national Occupy movement, showed up for a different reason: to call for stricter gun laws and a ban on gun sales on public property.
But just a third of the booths at the gun show were selling firearms, said Chuck Michel, a legal consultant for the gun show. Vendors also stocked gun accessories, backpacks, Hello Kitty lunch boxes and beef jerky, he said.
Last year, Glendale pocketed roughly $54,000 in parking and rental revenue from three gun shows.