Protesters at Saratoga Arms Fair
continued Amy Standaert of the Capital District Political Action Network echoed those thoughts.
“We want to bring attention to our Second Amendment right that we feel is being unfairly attacked,” she said. “We are supporters for common sense.”
The police presence consisted of about a half-dozen extra officers on duty in front of the City Center, most of whom were on overtime.
“They are not being reimbursed by the City Center,” said Saratoga Springs Police Department Assistant Chief Greg Veitch. “These extra staffing decisions were made within the department.”
Christian Mathiesen, Saratoga Commissioner of Public Safety, was pleased that the crowd was largely restrained.
“Things went very well, all things considered,” he said. “The police did a very good job in keeping the crowds under control and keeping the groups well separated and keeping the emotions toned down.
Mathiesen, who also spoke at the event, said his main concern was the sale of semiautomatic weapons at the show.
“For the life of me, I don’t see the need and there is no purpose for the general public to own these guns,” he said.
Organizers of the show agreed not display or sell certain semiautomatic firearms after the City Council passed a resolution urging them to do so.