The decision of whether or not to allow the Indianhead Rifle and Pistol Club to hold its annual gun show at Spooner (Wis.) Elementary School has been an agenda item for the school board each of the past 20 years.
The gun show, held each spring, typically raises $1,000 for the school, which receives half of the admission proceeds. But in the wake in of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut, this year's school board meeting could bring more debate.
"Discussion and possible action on the use of Spooner Elementary School for the Gun Show" is on the agenda for the Monday, Jan. 14 Spooner Area School Board meeting. The Indianhead Rifle and Pistol Club has scheduled its gun show for April 12-13.
For the past two decades, the school board has passed a resolution allowing the gun show, with little or no discussion. Spooner school board president Maureen Revak told the Spooner Advocate she has yet to hear any concern or complaints about this year's gun show.
The gun show is staffed with security, and local police officers make rounds.
Wisconsin state law prohibits firearms within 1,000 feet of a school, but makes an exception for gun shows by licensed dealers and manufacturers.
The rifle club has preferred holding its show at Spooner Elementary because it's easily accessible to vendors and patrons. Other potential venues pose greater logistical challenges.