Gun owners issue challenge to Del Mar exhibit protestors

Gun owners issue challenge to Del Mar exhibit protestors

Gun challenge A group of San Diego gun owners, worried that the Del Mar Fairgrounds might not renew its controversial gun shows, issued a challenge Friday, July 13, to anyone who can prove illegal sales have taken place there. The San Diego County Gun Owners, a political action committee with more than 1,000 members, offered to donate $10,000 to a favorite charity of anyone who can prove someone at the shows has violated state laws requiring background checks, a 10-day waiting period or prohibiting the sale of automatic weapons. Opponents of the show said the challenge is a stunt. “We believe that (Gun Owners Executive Director Michael) Schwartz’s $10,000 challenge is a disingenuous, fundraising scam,” said Rose Ann Sharp, a Del Mar resident and organizer of the group NeverAgainCa. “Schwartz knows that none of the allegations he claims to refute was ever made and therefore no reward will ever be won,” Sharp said in an emailed response to questions. “Instead, like the NRA , he is trying to incite his membership to donate out of fear and anger to this faux challenge.” Asked about the allegations July 13, Schwartz said opponents of the shows have made the claims about lawbreaking often since the shows began almost 30 years ago, but he gave no specific examples. A nationwide string of recent mass shootings at schools, nightclubs and public events has rekindled opposition to the shows. Crossroads of the West hosts five two-day gun shows annually at the state-owned Del Mar […]

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Gun owners issue challenge to Del Mar exhibit protestors

Gun owners issue challenge to Del Mar exhibit protestors

Michael Schwartz, executive director of the San Diego County Gun Owners, announces the group’s $10,000 challenge on Friday. (Union-Tribune file photo by Hayne Palmour IV) A group of San Diego gun owners, worried that the Del Mar Fairgrounds might not renew its controversial gun shows, issued a challenge Friday to anyone who can prove illegal sales have taken place there. The San Diego County Gun Owners, a political action committee with more than 1,000 members, offered to donate $10,000 to a favorite charity of anyone who can prove someone at the shows has violated state laws requiring background checks, a 10-day waiting period or prohibiting the sale of automatic weapons. Opponents of the show said the challenge is a stunt. “We believe that (Gun Owners Executive Director Michael) Schwartz’s $10,000 challenge is a disingenuous, fundraising scam,” said Rose Ann Sharp, a Del Mar resident and organizer of the group NeverAgainCa. “Schwartz knows that none of the allegations he claims to refute was ever made and therefore no reward will ever be won,” Sharp said in an emailed response to questions. “Instead, like the NRA , he is trying to incite his membership to donate out of fear and anger to this faux challenge.” Asked about the allegations Friday, Schwartz said opponents of the shows have made the claims about lawbreaking often since the shows began almost 30 years ago, but he gave no specific examples. A nationwide string of recent mass shootings at schools, nightclubs and public events has […]

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