Gun shows face new scrutiny after school shooting

Associated Press
A sign is posted for an upcoming gun show, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Leesport, Pa. Gun advocates arenít backing down from their insistence on the right to keep and bear arms. But heightened sensitivities and raw nerves since the Newtown, Conn. shooting are softening displays at gun shows and even leading officials and sponsors to cancel the popular exhibitions altogether. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Four gun shows about an hour's drive from Newtown, Conn., have been canceled.

Organizers say they weren't appropriate just weeks after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown.

But gun advocates aren't backing down from their insistence on the right to keep and bear arms.

The City Council in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has urged a group to not display military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines at its upcoming gun show.

Organizer David Petronis says it's not fair that the shows and their organizers are seen as the brunt of the problem. But he says he understands the reaction.

The group agreed to the city's request.

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