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Rallies surround Glendale gun show held on city property

by Los Angeles Times  |  published on March 5, 2013

Tensions ran high in Glendale on Saturday as activists protested a gun show held on city property while gun advocates rallied against attempts to ban the event and condemned laws they say threaten their constitutional right to bear arms.

“We don’t think it is appropriate for our city to be hosting a gun show, which by default it is” by allowing the event to convene at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, said Steve Ryfle, a member of the Coalition for a Better Glendale, which held a news conference to denounce the action. “We think it is a really crass use of a community facility.”

The auditorium is near an elementary school, a park and fields where children play Little League baseball, Ryfle said.

The gun show has been held for at least two decades at the facility, but in January the Glendale City Council ordered the drafting of an ordinance that would permanently prohibit the sale of guns on city-owned property. Officials decided to let Saturday’s event proceed.

The debate over the gun show comes as state and federal lawmakers consider tightening gun regulations after December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in which a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 first-graders.
Members of the South Central L.A. Tea Party and other gun rights supporters who gathered outside the venue argued that the public should have the right to use a building funded by taxpayer money. They said efforts to stop the gun exhibition would lead to further sanctions on gun owners.

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