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Waterbury Halts Gun Shows After School Shooting

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    The Waterbury police chief cancels a gun show scheduled for this weekend after the Newtown school shooting.

    The police chief in Waterbury has halted permits for gun shows, saying he's concerned that any firearms purchased there might one day be used in a mass shooting.

    The Republican-American reports that Waterbury Police Superintendent Michael Gugliotti imposed a moratorium the day after the Dec. 14 killings of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary, a grade school not far away in Newtown.

    He said he's concerned a gun used in a future mass shooting could be traced to a purchase made at a show in Waterbury.

    Westchester Collectors Inc. had planned a firearm and knife show for Jan. 12 and 13. Show organizer Newman B. Chittenden said canceling the gun show will not improve security.

    Vendors will turn away people who have mental health problems and they use common sense when evaluating whether to sell, he said.