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Gun show bans AR-15s, rifle auctions in the wake of Las Vegas and Florida shootings

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AR-15 removed from Illinois gun show.Following shooting tragedies in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida, one gun show scheduled for this weekend in Illinois has taken the unusual step of banning the sale of bump stocks and AR-15 rifles, the kind used in both of those shootings, and will no longer be raffling off rifles, organizers said.

The Pioneer Valley Sportsman's Association (PVSA) has been hosting seven gun shows a year at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton for the past 40 years.

In the weeks following the Las Vegas music festival shooting in October that left 58 people dead, fairground management began to hear concerns from members of the community about the gun show being held in their backyards, Jim McGuire, president of the DuPage County Fair Association, told ABC News.

In particular, citizens were concerned the show might be selling bump stocks, the device found on 12 of the Vegas gunman’s rifles, enabling the guns to fire faster. The show checked with their vendors and discovered none of them sold the device and agreed to ensure the device would never be sold in the future at their shows, Frank Cesare, chairman of the sportsmen’s show for the PVSA, said.


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