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Governor Corbett: Gun shows can remain on public property

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 7, 2013 12:46 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is standing by a policy that allows gun shows to be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. 

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Spokeswoman Janet Kelley says Corbett considered a recent suggestion by a witf Radio Smart Talk caller that gun shows be banned on publicly owned property. 

Corbett told the caller that he raised a good point and promised to think about it. His comment drew national attention in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Kelley says the governor decided against changing the policy because people who buy guns at such shows are subject to the same background checks that are required when they buy a gun at a store.

Hear the Radio Smart Talk program with Governor Corbett here.

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Comments: 3

  • Jim Brown img 2013-01-08 00:22

    I have a friend who owns Solanco Shootimg Supplies and has an FFL. He told me that he was in direct competition at a gun show with people selling guns without 1) an FFL, 2) running a background check, and 3) collecting PA sales tax. I believe the Governor is mistaken about those buying guns at shows being subject to the same background checks as when guns are purchased in a store.

  • Rick Freeman img 2013-01-10 12:26

    Placing government bans on the use of public property for gun shows has both merit and precedent. For example, it’s been successful in outlawing Christmas Nativity scenes in and around government buildings/lands, preventing prayer in public schools, and removing the Ten Commandments from court houses. In fact, government has been so successful in implementing these bans, that to add gun shows to the list of banned activities on public property should be a relatively simple process.

    Or, has government's successful intervention helped bring us to this juncture in our society where gun control seems to be a real solution? Maybe we need less g-o-v and more G-o-d.

  • jackie wilson img 2013-01-12 10:13

    What an disgusting human being. Didn't he just sign a law concerning buying guns? The Brad Fox Law? I think he has to check with his campaign finance CPA to see who paid their share of the funds to get hin elected again, then he picks the side he must be on.

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