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Special City Council meeting Friday to address sale of guns at City Center

Special City Council meeting Friday to address sale of guns at City Center

Saratoga Springs mayor seeks to ban sale of firearms, ammunition
Special City Council meeting Friday to address sale of guns at City Center
The New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates gun show was held in October 2015 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city of Saratoga Springs will host a special City Council meeting Friday to vote on banning the sale of firearms or ammunition at the Saratoga Springs City Center. 

Mayor Meg Kelly said she's hoping the vote passes.

"The time has come, in light of everything that's happening around the country," she said referencing the Parkland, Florida, shooting on Feb. 14, in which 17 people were killed. "It's something I've wanted to get done, and it's been long overdue.

"It's something the community has spoken out against."

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Saratoga Springs resident Phil Diamond told Kelly and the commissioners that the City Center should not have a gun show. 

"Let Saratoga Springs be a model for other smaller cities in the state by showing that we don't want assault weapons being sold," he said. "I'm a Second Amendment believer, but we don't need a gun show in Saratoga Springs."

Diamond commended Kelly for spearheading actions to ban the sale of firearms and ammunition in the city. 

"I applaud what you're doing mayor," he said to Kelly on Tuesday. "Let's have a resolution to show that the City Council doesn't want a gun show."

The next New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates gun show in Saratoga Springs is scheduled for May 25-27 at the City Center. 

The special City Council meeting will begin at 11 a.m. in City Hall, 474 Broadway. 

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