Cancelled Saugerties gun show is back on to “stick liberals in the eye”

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SAUGERTIES – The promoter of a scheduled gun show in Saugerties who agreed with town officials to cancel it because of the tragic mass murders in Buffalo and in Texas, has reversed his decision and plans to hold the show next weekend.

On Thursday, David Petronis, president of the New East Coast Arms Collectors Association, met with Saugerties Town Supervisor Fred Costello and agreed to cancel the show in the wake of the killings. But, on Saturday, he issued a statement saying the show will go on.

Petronis initially said to hold the show “would have been irresponsible and insensitive to all those who recently lost loved ones.”

On Saturday he reversed his decision saying the “aggressive turnaround” will create controversy and “the controversy brings the news, the news brings the people.”

Petronis, of Mechanicville, said with the controversy, “we should get a huge crowd, if nothing else from the gun owning public than just sticking the liberals in the eye with a good show of support for our show.”