Final gun show being held in Saratoga Springs

May 26, 2018 08:10 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Over the last 34 years, David Petronis has brought his gun show into the Saratoga City Center 107 times.

There won't be a 108th.

"It is the end of an era," he said.

At a time when gun violence and school shootings seem to be making daily headlines, popular gun shows like Petronis' have been drawing fire. In March, just weeks after the Parkland, Florida school tragedy, the Saratoga Springs City Council voted unanimously to prohibit gun sales on a city owned property.

"Many, many people asked me today, 'What can we do? Can we sue the city? Can we do this?' No, I'm not going to sue them," Petronis said.

"It's not like somebody is going to come in here and come out shooting away," added Debbie Reynolds.

Debbie Reynolds - yes, that's her real name - is from Clifton Park. She's a proud gun owner. And she's feels her rights are being trampled.

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"I think people that are against a person owning a gun are making it so that nobody is supposed to have what they believe," she said.

"These are gun owners, hunters, sports shooters, and veterans and I think what this mayor did to these people is a slap in the face," added Dan Wos.

Wos, a local author, wrote a book entitled "Good Gun Bad Guy." His position is that correlating school shootings to gun shows is a fake narrative.

"The truth is we're not talking about gun violence. Gun violence doesn't exist. There's no such thing as gun violence. There is human violence," Wos said.

Petronis makes it perfectly clear who he blames for having his gun show chased out of dodge. The outlaws, he believes, are anti-gun radicals.

"It's not the Democrats and Republicans. It's the ultras against the ultra ultras," Petronis said.

Petronis says he'll miss Saratoga Springs, but he also knows other communities have already reached out to him, inviting him and the economic activity that gun enthusiasts have come armed with for more than three decades.


WNYT Staff

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