The future of a planned gun show in Surrey may be in doubt as civic leaders ask does a community like Surrey need a gun show?
According to Councilor Dave Woods That’s the question Surrey city council asked itself last last night before telling organizers of the BC Rod and Gun Show they wanted more info on what guns would be sold.
Woods says council wasn’t ready to give its approval last night …
“It wasn’t given because the Chief of Police advised they had just received the security plan for the event, and they hadn’t had time to review it yet.”
“They want time to review it, and talk to the organizers.”
Organizer Steve Bednash says he is working with RCMP against an April 11th deadline for council’s next meeting, and says as far as he’s concerned the show is going on just four days later as planned.
But Bednash stopped short of saying the show would still go on, even without a permit …
“That’s something I’m not prepared to answer at this point,”
“We’d really like to work with the City of Surrey and create a show that’s safe.”
Council next meets April 11th, the show is advertised to begin April 15th
Woods says the show is already allowed to go ahead, if it leaves out the guns.
“That’s up to the organisers,”
“But it will not be proceeding with firearms in it if they don’t get a temporary use permit.”
Bednash says concerns over gun violence aren’t unfounded
“Nobody wants gun violence in any apart of Canada, but we’re hunting and fishing and that’s it.”
“We’re legal, we’re law abiding and I don’t know how else to put it.”
Bednash would not say whether or not the show will continue – with the guns — even if Surrey City Council does not provide a permit.