Pennsylvania Mayor Pulls Police From NRA Gun Show

Free Beacon – by Stephen Gutowski

The mayor of Harrisburg, Penn., ordered his police department on Friday not to provide security for an upcoming NRA-sponsored gun show after the association refused to meet a demand to pay a 60-percent increase in fees for the service.

Harrisburg police have provided security for the annual Great American Outdoors Show, scheduled this year for February 6-14, in the past. Mayor Eric Papenfuse said that the decision not to offer the department’s services this year was motivated in part by the NRA’s opposition to the city’s gun control policies.  

“We have an epidemic of gun violence,” Papenfuse told WHTM. “It’s no secret that the NRA has worked against the city’s interests repeatedly over the past year causing us to spend tens of thousands of dollars to defend common sense gun ordinances. We don’t need to be doing them any favors.”

An NRA spokesman said that despite payments of $600,000 directly to the city since 2014, the mayor wanted the gun rights group to pay additional fees in order to obtain police protection for the show.

“Unfortunately, demands were made by the mayor for the 2016 show that included a 60 percent increase in fees to [the police department] to work the show and a requirement of a $50,000 grant for five years to the city,” Jeremy Greene, an NRA spokesman, said in a statement. “This offer was presented as all or nothing. If we did not accept, the mayor would pull [police] support.”

Greene said that the NRA offered to increase its donation to the city in exchange for police patrols of the show but the mayor’s office wasn’t satisfied by the amount offered. “We are disappointed our more than generous offer was declined, but we are mostly disappointed that the officers we have worked with the last two years will be the ones most hurt,” he said.

The mayor’s office said that the move was also part of an effort to redeploy police to combat gun crime. “The city has been in the middle of what it considers a crisis in young people, especially, being involved in gun violence in our city,” said Joyce Davis, the mayor’s communications director. “He wants to redeploy some of these police officers to have extra patrols in the city.”

Davis said that the move was not politically motivated. “It is not a question of politics, it is a question of saving our children,” she said. “We care about them, the NRA may not.”

The show will proceed as scheduled, the NRA said, despite the absence of Harrisburg police. Officers from nearby Dauphin County and other local police departments will provide security.

13 thoughts on “Pennsylvania Mayor Pulls Police From NRA Gun Show

  1. What the hell do they need police protection for they’re the fkn NRA goddammint.
    Oh… I get it….. protection money..hmmmn.
    What part of Charleston Heston’s cold dead hands don’t you fkg people understand. #!!
    Wait a second….uh…he is dead isn’t he?
    Well in that case…, I guess you can take it now.
    But for the rest of us ..your just gonna have to fkn wait.

    Yeah that’s like we need to pay off the police for protection at a gun show.

    Get the fk outta here..
    What part of cold dead hands don’t fkn people
    understand. It’s the goddammd NRA!

    1. Are you SURE Charleston Heston is dead, Flee?! 😆 Didn’t he “part the sea” in Celel B. DeMilles’ classic bullshit movie? Didn’t he save us in WW2 as the pilot that took those F’N Japs in that propaganda movie “MidWay”, glorifying the war and, as George Carlin would say, “jammin’ that Red, White, and Blue dildo where the sun don’t shine.” Charly Heston, F’ Em. Charlie Sheen too!

      1. Goddamintt.. Mil… what part of COLD DEAD HANDS don’t you fkn understand!
        Charles is dead…gddaminnt
        He’s dead… Jim…
        I’m a doctor..not a fkn bricklayer.
        Now just just take the rifle out of his cold dead hands and no one gets hurt.

  2. So again an anti gun mayor screws the pooch as it were acts on some mis guided infantile notion and hurts an entire city $600,000 in two years and they piss it away must have learned that from the PA goverment who cant figure out a buget that doesnt include fat for there political needs good job NRA go to the small town PD I know damn sure they wouldnt turn $600,000 down

  3. protection at a gun show? isnt that an oxy moron?

    like everyone’s armed ,, pick 5 guys and do it yer dam self lazy ass people wtf?

    the pigs are just in it for the money..screw them we dont need um
    people need to stop asking them for help.. they aint yer friends

  4. What is wrong with hiring private security?
    I am sure that ‘Formally known as Blackwater’, or the
    people that pulled off the hoax at the Boston Marathon or San Bernadeno
    are available.

  5. Move the future shows. Any city that elects an anti-gun mayor who invokes saving the children (yet probably supports federally-funded abortion on demand) deserves to lose the revenue.

  6. The Great American Outdoors Show is a cool show. It’s aired every Saturday morning.
    I might have to go to Harrisburg, PA. one of those days in February. Yep, find me a rifle that can be rigged with a 1993 Cadillac Eldorado Gold hood ornament for the front site and maybe a 1954 Cadillac hood ornament for the rear site. I can guarantee you– that buck will go in style.

  7. Fruck’em, let em stay home.

    60%….. Harrisburg police must be on drugs.

    Arm yourself and We don’t need no stinkin police.

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