Vermont State Fair rejects gun show proposal

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) The Vermont State Fair has rejected a proposal for what would have been the event's first gun show.

New York gun dealer David Patronis sent out an email to his vendors this week saying organizers "don't want guns or even knives at the fair." Rutland County Agricultural Society President Luey Clough told the Rutland Herald Wednesday that officials voted against the gun show after initial talks with Patronis.

Clough says there are too many kids at the event and "we don't need somebody walking up the midway with an AK-47. Clough said it's a family fair, and the proposal "didn't fit."

Clough said the fair would continue to have two vendors selling knives.

Patronis was more conciliatory Wednesday, saying he's upset the gun show won't happen, but understands the decision.

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