The Saugerties Town Board held a meeting to decide the fate of this weekend's gun show in Saugerties.

Last week, David Petronis, the President of the New EastCoast Arms Collector Associates Gun Show (NEACA), confirmed the NEACA Saugerties Gun Show which was scheduled for later this month in Saugerties, New York was canceled.

The decision to cancel was said to be a mutual agreement between the Town of Saugerties and the gun show promoter.

Saugerties, New York Gun Show Canceled

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“Taking into consideration the recent events of gun violence, both here in NY, and the tragic event in Texas, to continue with this gun show would have been irresponsible and insensitive to all those who recently lost loved ones, " Petronis said. "Although this recent carnage was perpetrated by what appears to be deraigned individuals who stood behind these weapons and carried out these killings, I agree this may not be the best of times to hold our NEACA Gun Show in Saugerties, especially while our nation is still healing from these tragic events."

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However, shortly after announcing the gun show was canceled, Petronis said he rescinded his cancellation letter.

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Petronis announced the show was "Hopefully on Again!"

"I am asking the Town Board to disregard my statement that I will cancel the Gun Show," he stated in a letter, obtained by Hudson Valley Post. "All I wanted to do was bring my show back to a facility that had welcomed us before. Notwithstanding the tragic events which had recently occurred nationwide, we all know, it was not the fault of the gun but rather the senseless actions and fault of the mental minds of crazed individuals. Banning guns is not the answer to deranged shooters performing their perverted tasks, better mental health guidelines, hardening schools and educating our younger population of their historic and great American past would go a longer way to solving these occurrences."

Petronis also stated he believed the "controversy" will increase the turnout. Adding, attendees will be "sticking the liberals in the eye with a good show of support for our show."

"The controversy brings the news, the news brings the people," Petronis states on the NEACA website. "now with all this controversy in the papers and online we should get a huge crowd if nothing else from the gun-owning public than just sticking the liberals in the eye with a good show of support for our show."

Saugerties Town Board Votes To Cancel Saugerties Gun Show

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The gun show was scheduled to be held on June 18 and June 19, Father's Day weekend, in Saugerties at the at Kiwanis Ice Arena. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. the Saugerties Town Board held a vote to either allow the show to go on or cancel this weekend's gun show.

In a narrow 3-to-2 vote the Saugerties Town Board voted to cancel the gun show.

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