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plenary Gun Shows Aſter Newtown + Year Over Year + AOTA Annual Conference


an Oregon shopping mall left three people dead, including the gunman — a number of gun shows were canceled outright, including the White Plains Gun & Knife Show, which was set to take place at the Westchester County Cen- ter in White Plains, N.Y., on Feb. 4–5. The show’s promoter, Westchester Collectors, did not respond to requests for comment from Convene. In a statement to the press, Ned McCormack, a spokes- man for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, said: “The shows in past years were popular and run in a thor- oughly professional manner. But at this time as the country grieves the loss of life in Newtown, a contract renewal is not appropriate.”


PUBLIC DEBATE One controversial aspect of gun shows is that they often are held in publicly owned buildings. “Government build- ings shouldn’t be used to promote the purchase of guns,” Paul Feiner, supervisor of Greenburgh, N.Y., a town in Westchester County, said in a press statement. “We’re sending the wrong message.” In fact, the White Plains show was only reinstated by Astorino in 2010 — former County Executive Andrew Spano initiated a ban on the twice-yearly event in 1999, shortly after


the Columbine High School shooting. Other gun shows that have been


‘Government buildings shouldn’t be used to promote the purchase of guns.’


canceled since Newtown include three in New York’s Hudson Valley and one in Danbury, Conn., about an hour’s drive from Newtown. And an NPR story on Jan. 8 reported that residents of Sarasota Springs, N.Y., were challenging the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair, scheduled for Jan. 11, starting a petition


on change.org that garnered at least 1,300 signatures. A counter-petition in support of the show had received approximately 1,800 signatures. The gun show ended up drawing a record- breaking crowd of nearly 7,000 — twice the previous attendance, The Saratogian newspaper reported.


BIG BUSINESS The stakes of this corner of the gun debate are high. The U.S. Bureau of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) estimated in a 2007 report that anywhere from 2,000 to 5,200 guns shows are held in the United States every year, with “no definitive source” on the total number. And although the entrance fee for most shows is marginal or even free (it was listed as $11 for adults for the White Plains show), the economic impact locally and nationally is significant. A 2009 report by the City of New York


called “Gun Show Undercover” indi- cated that gun shows nationwide are a multibillion-dollar industry, varying in size from about 50 tables to more than 1,000, with sellers able to rent tables for $20 to $145 and booths from $200 to $400. Gun shows routinely attract 2,500 to 15,000 attendees over a weekend, according to the ATF report, and can generate as many as 1,000 firearm sales. Newtown affected that dynamic as


well. Media coverage of the shootings focused repeatedly on the weapons used, and between that and fears among some gun enthusiasts that the government would use the incident as leverage to ban or even confiscate cer- tain guns, sales skyrocketed at private shows — including the Nation’s Gun Show, which was held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., on Dec. 28. Organizers of the show estimated that attendance was more than double that of a similar event held in Novem- ber, according to The Washington Post. Gun dealers at the show reported that they were doing more business than they had seen in many years — if ever. In fact, eight days after the Newtown shooting, Virginia gun sellers requested a single-day-record 5,150 background checks, which are required by the state in private gun sales.


. — Katie Kervin RESEARCH


Ups and Downs


Projected changes in meetings activity this year over 2012, based on a global survey of meeting professionals:


24 PCMA CONVENE FEBRUARY 2013


North America


# of meetings # of attendees


# of days per meeting


0.0% 0.0% -0.9%


Europe


-2.3% -5.2% -3.8%


Asia


+6.4% +5.0% +2.0%


Central/ South America


-1.1% -2.1% -1.3%


SOURCE: American Express Meetings & Events 2013 Meetings Forecast (businesstravel.americanexpress.com/ meetings-and-events)


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