Fair board wants investigation of gun show operator

Fair board wants investigation of gun show operator

Members of NeverAgainCA demonstrate outside the gun show in March. (Union-Tribune file photo by Howard Lipin) “Serious allegations” have been raised against the father and son who operate the popular, but polarizing Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the president of the fairgrounds board of directors said Tuesday. “We’ve started an investigation with the Department of Justice,” said board President Steve Shewmaker. He declined to comment further on the investigation, which comes after allegations by gun show opponents that the Crossroads show owner, Bob Templeton, and his son, Jeff Templeton, have felony convictions for federal firearms violations that could prevent them from organizing gun shows in California. “You have hired persons convicted of violating federal gun laws to run a gun show,” Del Mar resident and NeverAgainCA member Ira Sharp told the nine appointed directors of the 22nd District Agricultural Association on Tuesday. Phone messages left for the Templetons at their business headquarters in Utah and for the Department of Justice in Sacramento were not returned Tuesday evening. Aside from revealing the investigation, the directors of the state fairgrounds did not respond to Sharp and others who spoke during the meeting’s public comment session to ask for the suspension of the gun show contract. The contract has been scheduled for a discussion at the board’s Sept. 11 meeting. Jeff Templeton, 51, organizes the Crossroads shows in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2002 for “possession of […]

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