Milwaukee County Board rejects measure allowing gun shows at Milwaukee County Sports Complex

Milwaukee County Board rejects measure allowing gun shows at Milwaukee County Sports Complex

After a lengthy and heated debate Thursday, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors rejected a measure that would have created an exception for gun shows in the county’s ordinance that prohibits dangerous weapons in county buildings. The legislation , which would have allowed gun shows to continue at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin, had bounced between the board’s Parks, Energy and Environment Committee, the county’s attorneys and the full County Board since it was introduced a year ago. The Milwaukee County Sports Complex has long hosted a biannual Bob and Rocco Gun Show, according to the county . But the county Parks Department told the organizers early last year that they could not hold the gun show anymore because it violated the county ordinance , according to the county. The ordinance was created in November 2011. The Parks Department did not answer questions Thursday about why the department only started enforcing the ordinance last year. The department is trying to align itself with county policy and "meet the overarching goal of increasing safety in our facilities" by no longer allowing the gun show at the Sports Complex, a department spokesman said in an email. He said the complex was intended to be a used as an athletic facility and growing demand for indoor sports like soccer has pushed the department to "focus on hosting athletics events, rather than trade shows." Parks Director Guy Smith did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment Thursday. "It seems like […]

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