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Spa City Council votes to limit weapon displays at arms fair

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The Saratoga City Council approves a resolution that limits the types of weapons they bring to the upcoming gun show in the city. Our Erin Vannella has more.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- An hour into the meeting, one commissioner proposed an amendment to strengthen the resolution on the table. It passed and so did the resolution, with a big round of applause.

"Everybody is hurting now and everyone is going out of their comfort zone a little bit, or maybe a lot, but this isn't too much to ask," said Saratoga Springs Supervisor Joanne Yepsen.

Saratoga City Council members vote to support a resolution urging vendors to refrain from exhibiting and selling semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines at the Arms Fair next weekend.

"This is nice that we have something for today that may give us a different light to stand in and stand up for and hopefully the people who have contracted with the city center will abide by what the council is requesting," said Saratoga Springs resident Devra Cohen-Tigor.

Arms Fair promotor David Petronis wasn't present for the vote but has told YNN he's already asked vendors not to exhibit weapons similar to the AR-15 used in Newtown. Council members say they'll meet with Petronis again Wednesday to discuss their sale at the fair, too. Resolution supporters say the compromise reached Wednesday is only a start.

"For right now this is something the citizens came out for in droves, this is important and the city council responded and that's what's really important here," said Yepsen.

Resolution opponents were under represented at the meeting but not in the community. A local NRA member has thousands of signatures on his petition supporting the fair and extended an invitation to show opponents to lead them around Saturday morning and educate them about various weapons.

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