Proposed gun ban at Bloomsburg Fair is nixed

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 3, 2013 4:01 PM

(Bloomsburg) -- In a reversal, gun owners will be allowed to bring concealed weapons to the Bloomsburg Fair in Columbia County.

The ban was intended to assure the safety of an expected crowd of 80,000 people attending the event that runs September 22-28.  

Bill Barratt, Bloomsburg's superintendent of police and parking, says many people complaining don't understand the fair is a private entity and its fairgrounds are private property, meaning it can ban whatever it likes.

But, the decision prompted hundreds of people to take to social media sites and threaten a boycott.

Barratt says because the fair hasn't had gun problems in the past, it seemed a reasonable compromise to allow concealed carry while banning openly carried weapons.

Bags will be searched as people enter the fair.

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