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Waterbury cancels gun show; Stamford's continues as planned


A gun show will be held this weekend in Fairfield County, even though one Connecticut mayor has expressed frustration with the event occurring shortly after a school shooting in Newtown only miles away.

The 8th Annual East Coast Fine Arms Show will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford on Saturday and Sunday. 

The show will happen only about 40 miles away from where Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother as she slept in her bed on Dec. 14.

He then traveled the few miles to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he proceeded to shoot out a security window, make his way into the building and kill 20 children and six adults.

Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, who is a Republican, told The Stamford Advocate that event planners should be "sensitive" to the timing of the show.

In the article, Pavia went on to say that it would "make more sense" to cancel the event because of the shooting that occurred in Newtown.

"In light of the recent tragic events in Newtown, as a community, we are sensitive to the emotions and feelings of all of those who have suffered losses and are still grieving," Pavia said in a statement to WFSB. "Holding such an event at this time, and in such close proximity to the Newtown, seems untimely and insensitive. I would encourage the organizers to reconsider holding the event at this time."

Westchester Collectors, Inc., who is putting on the Stamford firearms show, has canceled a gun show in Waterbury, which was scheduled for Jan. 5 and 6, until further notice.

Another gun show in Waterbury scheduled for February has been canceled; however there are no reasons stated for the cancellation.

The Republican-American reports that Police Superintendent Michael Gugliotti imposed a moratorium the day after the Newtown school shooting.

Big Al's Gun and Premier Knife Show, which was expected to take place at the Crowne Plaza in Danbury on Jan. 5, was also canceled, according to Mayor Mark Boughton's Twitter account.

Waterbury's police chief has halted permits for gun shows, saying he's concerned a firearm purchased in his city might one day be used in a mass shooting.

According to Northeastgunshows.com, there are expected to be 250 tables of "fine antique, modern, collectible and historical arms and accessories" at the Stamford gun show. The East Coast Fine Arms Show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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