Jay Leno cancels gig at Vegas firearms trade show

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Comedian and television talk show host Jay Leno has canceled a scheduled appearance at a large firearms trade show on the Las Vegas Strip.

Dick Guttman, a publicist for the former NBC “Tonight Show” host, said Leno made the decision after learning that a group representing victims of gun violence was gathering petition signatures urging him not to attend.

Guttman said Thursday that Leno didn’t understand the show is hosted by a lobbying group for gun owners and manufacturers.

Newtown Action Alliance leader Po Murray says Leno told her he thought the National Shooting Sports Foundation was a sporting group.

The foundation says it advocates firearms safety and Second Amendment rights. It expressed disappointed that Leno won’t perform at its show in January at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.