As Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters

As Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters

At the entrance to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a young woman wearing an anti-gun violence shirt played a flute while, across the street, two men waved a 5-foot-tall cutout of a black AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at passing cars. That was the kind of contrast visible Saturday morning to those who attended the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, which was expected to draw thousands of firearm enthusiasts this weekend. The show is at a critical moment. While the nine-member fair board is allowing Crossroads to finish its five-show run this year, it will decide in September whether to allow it to return in 2019. Community backlash to the nation’s never-ending string of mass shootings has put Crossroads and other gun shows in the crosshairs, and the crowd of protesters on the corner of Via De La Valle and Jimmy Durante Boulevard Saturday lined up to keep the pressure on, waving signs replete with gun violence statistics and pleas for tighter control of firearms sales. “We know we’re not going to change the opinions of the people in the cars going to the gun show, but we are sending a clear message to the fair board that the show needs to stop,” said Kathy Murphy, a member of NeverAgainCA, the community group that organized the demonstration. NeverAgainCA has targeted show patriarch Bob Templeton and his son, Jeff, saying the pair have gun violations on their criminal records and thus their event should be barred from the fairgrounds. Crossroads has countered […]

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As Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters

As Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters

At the entrance to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a young woman wearing an anti-gun violence shirt played a flute while, across the street, two men waved a 5-foot-tall cutout of a black AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at passing cars. That was the kind of contrast visible Saturday morning to those who attended the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, which was expected to draw thousands of firearm enthusiasts this weekend. The show is at a critical moment. While the nine-member fair board is allowing Crossroads to finish its five-show run this year, it will decide in September whether to allow it to return in 2019. “We know we’re not going to change the opinions of the people in the cars going to the gun show, but we are sending a clear message to the fair board that the show needs to stop,” said Kathy Murphy, a member of NeverAgainCA, the community group that organized the demonstration. NeverAgainCA has targeted show patriarch Bob Templeton and his son, Jeff, saying the pair have gun violations on their criminal records and thus their event should be barred from the fairgrounds. Crossroads has countered that Templeton’s daughter, who has a clean record, is in charge. The San Diego County Gun Owners group has accused activists of misleading the public about how business gets done at Crossroads. This week the group offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who can prove what it says are constant insinuations that the show doesn’t always adhere to California gun-sale […]

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