KIRKLAND — The town board voted Monday to allow a June gun show at the Clinton Arena to go on as planned, though there is a group canvassing for it to be moved.

The group — known as No Gun Shows Near Our Clinton Playground due to the Facebook group it created — began gathering the signatures for a petition following a candlelight vigil on Feb. 26 that honored school shooting victims — including the 17 killed in Parkland, Florida. The group is collecting signatures and is planning on meeting this week to launch the petition effort formally.

It did not appear that any members of the group were present Monday night. Members of the group could not be reached prior to press time.

The petition reads, "We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Town of Kirkland Board no longer approve the Clinton Arena as a gun show/gun sale site on the basis of this common sense practice: 'In our community we will not sell or show guns across the street from our schools.'"

"We are sensitive to the concerns," town Supervisor Robert Meelan said, reading from a prepared statement.

Despite that, Meelan — who said he has never shot a gun himself — voiced his opinion that the gun show should go on, citing the Clinton Fish and Game Club and the Second Amendment, among other factors.

Meelan said the petition was misleading, stating the Clinton Arena is not across the street from schools. He added that the show, slated for June 8 to10, would be at a time when kids are not in school. He also stated that the vigil was twisted into something that it was not meant to be.

"They rolled this into our hands and they should't have," he said.

Of the small crowd in attendance Monday night, all but one spoke in favor of having the gun show. Many said that a gun is an inanimate object and it takes a person to fire it and suggested that people bring their children to the show to familiarize them with firearms.

Local resident Mona Perrotti said she had signed the petition and asked that the town board wait to hold its vote on the gun show to ensure that the residents behind the petition could be heard.

That request was denied and the board voted 4-1 in favor of allowing the gun show to go on as planned. Town Councilman Garry Colarusso was the lone dissenter, stating he voted against the measure to "show solidarity, empathy" with those killed in Parkland.

The gun show is being put on by New East Coast Arms Collectors Associates. According to the group’s website – neaca.com – it hosts numerous gun shows throughout New York and some in Vermont.