Even though there was strong opposition to the gun shows continuing, the board did not take action.
Via Del Mar Times:
Gun shows still have a future at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
The board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, discussed the Crossroads of the West Gun Show and heard from both supporters and opponents at the Nov. 15 board meeting.
About two dozen people spoke before the board to plead their stance on gun shows.
Del Mar resident Rose Ann Sharp was among a half-dozen speakers who urged the board to stop allowing gun shows to be held at the fairgrounds. She and other supporters in the audience, including newly re-elected Del Mar Mayor Sherryl Parks and Councilman Dwight Worden, wore orange shirts in solidarity.
“You have demonstrated a willingness to work with the communities over many sensitive and environmental issues such as noise, parking, traffic,” Sharp said. “We hope the board can accomplish good results for all of San Diego on this critical issue of gun shows.”
A member of Advocates for Gun Safety, Sharp helped found the group and organize two peaceful protests on July 9 and again on Oct. 2 across the street from the fairgrounds. Both rallies coincided with Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the facility...
...Although there is a growing group of area residents seeking to stop gun shows at the fairgrounds, more people spoke in favor of the events during the board meeting.
The Crossroads of the West Gun Show has been held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for 26 years.
Owner Bob Templeton said that every person who purchases a firearm during the gun show at the fairgrounds must go through a background check.
“The activities at the gun show are in compliance with all applicable laws,” Templeton said. “There’s nothing that goes on here that law enforcement doesn’t closely supervise.”
As a vendor, Michael Schwartz, who is also executive director of San Diego County Gun Owners, said he has attended all five gun shows every year for the past nine years.
“I’ve seen law-abiding citizens coming in for education and coming in to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Schwartz said.
In a letter to the board, Assemblyman Brian Jones also asked the board to continue to allow the gun show at the fairgrounds.
“While the legislature continues to chip away at Second Amendment rights in this state, I would be grateful to see a successful and safe event continue to be held at the fairgrounds for the law-abiding gun owners of San Diego County that wish to attend,” Jones said.
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