Schenectady Armory to host former Spa gun show

Schenectady Armory to host former Spa gun show

SCHENECTADY – Dave Petronis recalled Wednesday that the first gun show he ever attended about 40 years ago was at a union hall on Erie Boulevard. Now, Petronis, who for years made a name for himself while generating some controversy organizing arms fairs at the City Center in Saratoga Springs, is headed to the Schenectady Armory Center for three days beginning Sept. 29. ‘This show is maybe only blocks from away from that original location and that was the big show," added Petronis, president of the New Eastcoast Armed Collectors Associates. He also recounted holding shows at the venue decades ago when, he said, it was owned by the state. The Armory, circa 1935, is nestled in a tight corner against an I-890 off-ramp, and parking on site is very limited though there is ample parking available around the facility. As of early Wednesday, Mayor Gary McCarthy said he had heard but wanted to confirm with Ray Legere, one of the owners of the Armory, that the venue was hosting the firearms event. Legere did not return a call Wednesday to the Times Union seeking comment. He and his cousin, Jeff, have owned the 86,0000-square-f00t building since 2012. He recalled fielding a call about a year and half to two years ago from a Schenectady county official telling him about possible sites in the county. He said after taking a look at the Armory, they got a call from someone with Legere Properties. Petronis said he expects several thousand […]

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