After 20 years, the Glendale Gun Show will not longer be hosted at a city building.
The Glendale City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to ban the Glendale Gun Show at the city-owned Glendale Civic Auditorium. The ordinance is expected to be officially adopted on March 19.
Councilmen Ara Najarian and Dave Weaver voted to let the gun show continue, citing that a ban would simply be a "knee-jerk reaction" to gun violence in other states that have made national headlines.
The proposed ordinance prohibits guns and ammunition -- possession or the sale of them -- on all city-owned properties. The measure does not mean that established gun stores in the city must stop selling guns and ammunition.
The council began discussing the ban in January, a little more than a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
The council says that the location of the weekend-long gun shows, held in March, August and November, are just too close to "very sensitive" areas. The auditorium is across the street from Glendale Community College, which has 16,000 students, and is less than 1,000 feet from College View School, a Glendale Unified School District kindergarten through 12th grade school. ___