Promoters cancel gun show near school shooting site

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Organizers of a Florida gun show in the same county where 17 people died in a school shooting last week have canceled next month’s event.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the Florida Gun and Knife Show scheduled for March 17-18 in Fort Lauderdale is off the calendar. The show’s manager, Morgan Waters, says promoters decided to skip the show because Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler “courteously and professionally” requested it.

The long-running gun show, which normally attracts 70 to 100 vendors, is expected to resume in May.

Authorities say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland. Fort Lauderdale and Parkland are located in Broward County. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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