KIRKLAND-On Wednesday, Kirkland's Town Supervisor announced the gun show at the Clinton Arena was cancelled. He said that decision was made by the organizer.
Supervisor, Robert Meelan, told NEWSChannel 2, the organizer for the show, David Petronis, made the decision due to the cost for security.
Meelan said he wanted licensed security at the event because of the controversy surrounding the location of the gun show. He said he felt safety was top priority. "It would cost a minimum of $8,300," said Meelan. He told Mr. Petronis over email what the cost was, and Mr. Petronis came back and said, "there's no gun show in the Town of Kirkland." Meelan then confirmed through email, "so you're cancelling the gun show?" Mr. Petronis replied with "yes, it's not cost prohibitive."
On the organizers website http://neaca.com/gun-shows under the gun show tab in the Clinton Arena section, it says "CANCELED by Town of Kirkland." Meelan claims the town wasn't the one who cancelled. "Mr. Petronis cancelled the gun show," added Meelan.
NEWSChannel 2 has reached out to Petronis for comment, we'll post it as soon as we have it.