The City Council, in a special meeting on Friday, adopted a motion to revise its lease with the City Center to bar the selling of non antique guns and ammunition. Antique guns are generally considered to be guns manufactured prior to 1899. They are exempt from federal laws controlling the selling of guns such as the requirement for a background check. This is a link to Wikipedia on antique guns (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antique_firearms
I disagree with the decision by the Council. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and former US Representative Gabby Giffords attended a gun show at the City Center in 2013. Ms. Giffords was the victim of gun violence and suffered a bullet to her head. She is an advocate of strengthening gun laws. Both Giffords and Schneiderman praised David Petronis, the organizer, for running a responsible gun show and lauded it for the rigorous implementation of background checks. One of the criticisms of gun shows has been that they have been used to circumvent such checks but that has not been a problem in the Saratoga Springs shows.
There is no difference between buying a gun at the City Center gun show and buying one at a gun store. The city has at least one gun store.
I do not believe that the end of selling modern guns at a gun show will make the people of Saratoga Springs safer. The people attending this event are responsible, active hunters and target shooters in our area who will now be penalized.
Still, I have complete sympathy for the Mayor’s desire to do something to curb the terrible killing that seems to happen with greater and greater frequency in our country even if it is only a symbolic action. This is a complex issue and the vehemence of many on both sides has made seeking meaningful solutions extremely difficult.
I am impressed with the skill the Mayor showed in achieving the ban. This has been an issue that has been a source of controversy for years in Saratoga Springs. It took Mayor Kelly less than three months to affect the change.
I think I am not alone in welcoming the quiet way the mayor has gone about initiating change.