Protesters to return with weekend gun show

Protesters to return with weekend gun show

Demonstrators outside the Del Mar gun show in March. (Union-Tribune file photo by Howard Lipin) A steadfast group of gun show opponents say they will return to protest outside the Crossroads of the West event in Del Mar this weekend, as they have several times already this year. And once again, they will be vastly outnumbered by firearms enthusiasts. Thousands of people will walk or drive past them and pay $16 each to see and handle all kinds of rifles, shotguns, handguns, tactical knives, and camouflage hunting gear. Ammunition will be sold by the case. It will be the first gun show at the state-owned fairgrounds since questions were raised in May about the legality of the event because two of the family-run business’s officers are convicted felons. Members of the group NeverAgainCa, which is leading the protests, alleged the shows should be shut down because the patriarch of the company, Robert (Bob) Templeton, and his son, Jeff, both have firearms violations. In response, the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the state-appointed board that runs the fairgrounds, asked the state Department of Justice to investigate to determine if any laws have been broken. The elder Templeton said in May that the shows are legal because they are run by his daughter, Tracy Olcott, who has a clean record, and that he and his son are not involved in the show’s management. Justice Department officials have not responded to requests for information about the Templeton investigation. “They are not allowed to […]

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