Several gun shows in Connecticut and New York have been canceled in the wake of the mass shooting last month in nearby Newtown, Conn.
The Great Firearm & Knife Show was originally scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 12 and 13 in Waterbury, Conn. But Waterbury Police Chief Michael J. Gugliotti decided not to issue the gun show permit after Adam Lanza gunned down 20 school children and six educators, and then killed himself on Dec. 14 in Newtown, less than 30 miles away.
"I was thinking of ways that I could make my own community feel safer after Newtown, which is only a 20-minute drive from here," Gugliotti told CNNMoney.
He said that he decided, on the day after the shooting, "to not issue that permit out of honor and respect for the lives that were lost."
Big Al's Gun and Premier Knife Shows, a gun show company based in Putnam Valley, N.Y., has canceled three of its shows, including one that was originally scheduled for Jan. 5-6 in Danbury, Conn., just a few miles from Newtown.
Big Al's also canceled a February gun show planned for Poughkeepsie, N.Y., about 50 miles from Newtown, and a March gun show planned for Suffern, N.Y., about 70 miles away.
A representative of Big Al's, who would not provide his name, said that all three shows were canceled by the venues where they were supposed to be held because of the Newtown shootings. The manager of Danbury Crowne Plaza, where last weekend's show was originally scheduled, did not immediately return a message from CNNMoney.
But not all shows in the region have been canceled. The annual East Coast Fine Arms Show proceeded as scheduled last weekend in Stamford, Conn., about 50 miles from Newtown.
Scores of weekend shows in other parts of the country are carrying on, including three dozen shows nationwide next weekend, according to the website www.gunshows-usa.com.
Gun shows make up a relatively small portion of the multi-billion dollar firearms industry. Rommel Dionisio, a firearms industry analyst for Wedbush Securities, estimates that gun shows comprise about 10% of the U.S. gun industry, with industry-wide annual sales ranging from $3 billion to $3.5 billion.