Gun Show At Spooner Elementary Now Under Fire

Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 7:18 am

For the last 20 years in Spooner, a gun show has been held at the local elementary school. But this year, the show is facing some opposition. The show has been allowed previously as the school board had passed a resolution allowing the elementary school to be used for the gun show. Now some people are saying they think that needs to change.

The Spooner Advocate reports the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. and the ensuing gun debate in our country has cast a huge shadow over the possibility of this year’s show.

Although school board President Maureen Revak told the paper that she hasn’t heard any concerns, the Spooner Advocate Facebook page was filled with comments from people disagreeing with the event as well as those who support it.

The Indian Rifle and Pistol Club’s two-day event donates a cut of their admission fees to the school, which adds up to around $1,000 annually. The club says the school is an ideal location because it’s easily accessible for vendors and visitors and security is provided.

A Wisconsin statute prohibits firearms within a thousand feet of a school but makes allowances for gun shows by licensed dealers, importers and manufacturers.

A gun show to be held next weekend at Cornell High School in western Wisconsin also received some backlash, but will still go on as planned.

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