Ada County blocks future gun shows

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 20:13:19-05

Ada County commissioners are putting a hold on future gun shows after two separate incidents where guns were accidentally shot off during shows.

In three years there have been two accidental discharges at Expo Idaho. Ada County commissioners say that's too many and have placed a moratorium on future shows until security can be improved.

"You can call it what you want to but we got the boot," said Paul Snider of Lewis Clark Trader.

Snider has promoted the Lewis Clark Trader gun show at Expo Idaho for more than three decades. His show this weekend will go on as scheduled, but it may be his last.

"It seems coincidental or unusual that we had two accidental discharges in such a short period of time," said Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre.

The commissioners have put a moratorium on future gun shows for an undisclosed amount of time. They want to review security procedures and potentially adopt new policies.

It's not going over well with Snider.

“I am mister safety in the United States of America,” he said. “I'm the guy who was the first guy in the industry to ever check firearms when they came through the front door."

Snider had planned seven more shows at Expo Idaho this year. Now, he may get zero.

"I'm seventy-eight my wife is seventy-seven and they just stripped us of our income, just totally stripped us of it," he said.

But Ada County commissioners say they are also looking out for the taxpayers. An accidental discharge in 2013 landed the county in court and left it on the hook for $100,000 in damages.

The expo floor will be full of vendors Saturday and Sunday. Heavier than usual traffic is expected.

Senator Mike Crapo will also stop by Saturday morning to discuss the president's executive action on gun sales.