Las Vegas Gun Show Canceled

Gun show at Eastside Cannery Casino was scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday but has been shelved following the mass shooting October 1

A Las Vegas gun show that was scheduled to take place this weekend has been canceled in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a country music festival on Oct. 1.

The Eastside Cannery Casino Gun Show was set for Saturday and Sunday, but Boyd Gaming Corp. spokesman David Strow told the Associated Press on Sunday that a “mutual decision” was made with promoters Western Trails Show Promotions to call off the show.

Strow told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that it didn’t seem “prudent” to hold the gun show as scheduled after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival last weekend, killing 58 people and injuring 489 others.

Meanwhile, another scheduled gun show may also be cancelled. Crossroads of the West co-founder Lynn Templeton told the Review-Journal that her team is weighing whether to cancel a gun show set for Oct. 21-22, but they “won’t really know until Monday.”

64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 people from a room at the Mandalay Bay hotel on Sunday, leaving dozens dead and hundreds injured. Police found an arsenal of 23 weapons in his room, including a dozen semi-automatic rifles modified to fire at a rate similar to fully-automatic weapons.