Local gun control supporters continue to target the Del Mar Fairgrounds for its longstanding policy of allowing gun shows at the venue, but are actually driving business to the event.
As previously reported by Guns.com, some 26 local residents, who collectively term themselves the Advocates for Gun Safety, wrote a strongly worded letter to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which operates the county-owned fairgrounds, against holding gun shows.
“We believe it is in your best interest as well as the public’s to discontinue allowing the public fairgrounds facilities to be used for the exhibition of guns and firearms,” said group member Wayne Dernetz.
Longtime vendor, the Crossroads of the West gun show, is one of the largest in the country and in recent months have expected record crowds. They have operated out of Del Mar for 25 years.
CEO of Crossroads of the West Gun Shows Bob Templeton told Guns.com at the time he was not shaking in his boots just yet.
“Every few years a few anti-Second Amendment activists from Del Mar city mount a campaign to ban the gun shows from ‘their’ fairgrounds,” Templeton said. “We have had several such challenges to our shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds over the years, and so far the anti-rights group has lost. Let’s hope we can continue our record!”
Well, as noted in the above report from KGTV, all the attention may be sending at least one lifelong area resident, Louise Abbott, to the show for the first time.
“I own several handguns and several long-guns, including two AR-15s,” she said, and is concerned she will lose the chance to go to the show.
“I should be able to if I want to,” she said. “It’s just another way the anti-gun people want to take our guns away from us.”
The fairgrounds says they don’t have any plans to bar the gun show any time soon and have already booked it for several dates in 2017.
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