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Some boycott state fair because of ban on guns

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The state fair kicking off Thursday, but not without some recent controversy over conceal and carry permits.

Millions of Iowans will walk through the gates of the Iowa State Fair this year, but they won't be carrying guns.  It's nothing new, but many were hoping lawmakers would allow those with permits to carry guns this year.

However even gun rights advocate Governor Branstad isn't supporting a change.  "I think the fairgrounds is a little different situation because we have such phenomenal coverage from the highway patrol at the fair," said Branstad.

Many Iowans are mad by the lack of change.  A Des Moines Register Columnist publicly announcing his boycott of the fair because of the policy.  "As people come to figure out license gun owners are not a threat to public safety. They are actually a counter measure against terrorism, against crime, and against danger. It gives people more room to start questioning policies like this that do seem just obsolete," said Des Moines Register Columnist Joel Kurtinitis.

Kurtinitis referencing previous gang violence at the fair and recent mass shootings as reasons for change.  "The unexpected nature of it, really in my opinion, makes it more important that legal, responsible gun owners be allowed to defend themselves and others in situations particularly like the fair. People are just lined up so thickly that if somebody was to walk in with a rifle with that intention there is really no stopping them and guarantee that police are going to get there quickly as a concealed permit holder would," said Kurtinitis.

Many of the Facebook posts on KWWL's original story on this issue have said the ban won't stop criminals from bringing guns in.

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