Gun shows face new scrutiny after school shooting

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By CHRIS CAROLA and MICHAEL HILL / Associated Press

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Heightened sensitivities and raw nerves since the Newtown school shooting are softening displays at gun shows and even leading officials and sponsors to cancel the well-attended exhibitions altogether.

Organizers of a show next weekend in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., agreed to bar the display and sale of AR-15 military-style semiautomatic weapons and their large-clip magazines.

Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen says "the majority of people wanted these guns out of the city."

The mayor of Barre, Vt., wants a ban on military-style assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show in February. The police chief in Waterbury, Conn., has halted permits for gun shows.

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