Gun show shutdown might lead to lawsuit
EVANSVILLE--An Evansville bar owner said he plans to file a lawsuit against the Rock County Sheriff’s Office after authorities early Sunday morning shut down the last day of an annual three-day gun show.
Sheriff’s Capt. Jude Maurer said Geno’s Wild Ride Saloon, 7530 N. County M, violated state statues regarding its Class B liquor license when it held a gun show Friday and Saturday in an attached hall. The last day of the gun show was canceled.
Gene Heiman, owner of the bar also known as the old Red Barn, said this year was the 40th annual gun show held at his business, and he’s never had a problem or complaint until now. Show attendance hit 6,000 Friday night and 10,000 on Saturday, he said. Sunday was expected to be another big day.
The issue started when an anonymous caller told 911 dispatchers shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday the bar was holding a gun show and might be overcapacity, Maurer said. A deputy responded to the business, walking through and talking to organizers, he said.
Heiman said the deputy looked at everything and told him there were no problems and wished him a good night. Heiman says he next took a phone call from a sergeant at 12:01 a.m. Sunday saying the gun show could not continue Sunday because the bar had a Class B liquor license.
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