O.C. Fair Board delays contracts for 3 gun shows amid license questions

O.C. Fair Board delays contracts for 3 gun shows amid license questions

A National Rifle Assn. banner is displayed near the entrance of a Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa in October. Another show is set for June 2-3, but the Orange County Fair Board put off voting on rental contracts for three more. (File Photo) Orange County Fair Board members have decided to put off voting on rental contracts for three gun shows planned for the fairgrounds later this year, citing questions that emerged in recent media reports regarding the events’ operating company. "We need to take a look and make sure that everything’s proper," said board member Stan Tkaczyk. A crowd of gun show supporters let out a smattering of boos when board members cast their votes to postpone a decision on the contracts, which have a combined value of about $278,000. Earlier in the week, Del Mar Fairgrounds Chief Executive Tim Fennell sent a letter to the state Department of Justice asking for an investigation of whether the gun show should have been granted the "certificate of eligibility" license required to operate, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The letter followed allegations that Crossroads of the West founder Bob Templeton and his son, Jeff, "have felony convictions for federal firearms violations that could prevent them from organizing gun shows in California," the newspaper reported. Bob Templeton told the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday that his daughter, Tracy Olcott, "is the general manager of our operation" and that […]

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