Del Mar Fairgrounds postpones gun shows ‘after December’

DEL MAR (KUSI) – It’s been building for a long time. Those who support the Del Mar Gun Show, and those who don’t. Today both sides sat together in the same room, with completely different goals. “Guns are a part of American history, we need to keep this show the way it is”, says Larry Scott.

“With all the shootings in the world today, we don’t need to be glorifying guns for our kids”, says Jill Cooper with the “Never Again” movement. That’s the group formed after the massacre at Parkland High School in Florida.

After almost 30-years on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, The Crossroads of the West Gun show is hoping to a balance in between those two opinions.

“The gun shows in September and December will go on. After December we will consider changes”, says Richard Valdez of the Del Mar Fairgrounds board of directors.

Those changes go from huge, to very small. Some people are calling for no guns at all on the State Fairgrounds. The gun show would go on, with no guns on site. People would look at pictures then contact the dealers on line.

Another possibility, make it an educational experience. “I’d like to encourage them to demystify the issue of guns. We could make this an educaitonal show, where people of all ages learn about guns, gun safety and gun rights. I think we could include the educational component”, says James Miller, V.P. of the Cajon Valley Union School Board.

By the end of today’s one of a kind meeting, the vote was 8-1 in favor of making changes, after the current Gun Show Contracts expire. The upcoming Gun Shows are September 22 and 23, then December 8th and 9th.

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