Dec. 18, 2012: Glendale City Councilmember Rafi Manoukian requests consideration of a proposal that would bar gun sales on city property. The move, which would most immediately impact the Glendale Gun Show, which in its current form had been held at the city-owned Glendale Civic Auditorium since 1992, comes four days after the Sandy Hook massacre. Manoukian, however, had pushed for similar legislation in 2006, and before that in 2001.
Jan. 22, 2013: By a 4-1 vote, the Glendale City Council directs city staff to draft an ordinance barring gun sales at city-owned facilities.
March 2-3 , 2013: The Glendale Gun Show goes on, as scheduled, at the publicly owned Glendale Civic Auditorium. Appearing before the City Council on March 5, Coalition founding member Joal Ryan describes her visit to the event. (Scroll ahead to the 01:32:00 mark.)
March 12, 2013: The Glendale City Council votes 3-2 to introduce the Gun Show-related ordinance, with Mayor Frank Quintero, Councilmember Rafi Manoukian and Councilmember Laura Friedman indicating they’ll vote “yes” when the legislation comes before them. In the same 3-2 vote, the council approves a motion canceling the city’s contract with the Glendale Gun Show, and nixing the two remaining gun shows scheduled for 2013.
March 19, 2013: The Glendale City Council formally adopts an ordinance banning the sale and possession of guns and ammunition on public property. Or, to put it another way, “We did it! We won!”
The future: Looking bright. The Coalition remains dedicated to supporting and advocating for ideas that will make Glendale a better Glendale.