Last gun show at fairgrounds is this weekend; operator intends to sue state

Amee Alagiri of Pacific Beach and a supporter of NeverAgainCA demonstrates outside the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in July (Union-Tribune file photo by Howard Lipin) Crossroads of the West, which has held gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for nearly 30 years, will hold its last event there this weekend. Beginning in January, the shows will be suspended for up to one year while fairgrounds administrators work out a policy to ban the sales of firearms and ammunition on the state-owned property. The change comes after a string of horrific mass shootings across the nation, and in response to a small but persistent local group’s efforts to find ways to reduce gun violence. “This last Del Mar gun show is a first step to end the glorification, proliferation and sale of guns and ammunition into our neighborhoods,” said Rose Ann Sharp, a Del Mar resident and founder of the group NeverAgainCA, by email Wednesday. Supporters of the gun show say the efforts to end it are governed by fear and not logic, and have threatened legal action against the fair board. They say the events give like-minded people a place to gather safely, learn more and share their enthusiasm for firearms. “Getting rid of gun shows is not going to change this country,” said Tracy Olcott, Crossroads president and general manager. “These are not the kind of people who perpetuate gun violence.” The 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, voted […]

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