A recent spate of planned gun shows has ignited controversy following the deadly mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., last year. A few shows planned in the northeast have been canceled. But in other parts of the country, local officials are considering permanently banning the popular shows, a move that is angering gun owners.
A 1994 law made it illegal to carry guns on any city property in Asheville, N.C. But Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell says a gun show that’s taking place this weekend at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center is proof that the law is not being enforced.
“I have no power at the city level to block all gun shows in the city of Asheville. The only place we regulate is where people can possess weapons,” said Bothwell.