Gun control advocates target Del Mar gun show, wants fairgrounds to cancel it

Posted at 5:15 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 20:25:21-05

DEL MAR -- San Diego gun owners say a longtime tradition is under attack.

This, in the wake of California voters just approving Proposition 63 to require background checks to buy ammunition.

This new push is coming at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which hosts the Crossroads of the West gun show five times a year. 

Louise Abbott has been around firearms her entire life and she's amassed a huge collection over the years. 

"I own several handguns and several long-guns, including two AR-15s," she said. 

Abbott's a lifelong Solana Beach resident, but has still never ventured just a bit south to the Crossroads of the West. 

"I should be able to if I want to," she said. 

But Abbott's concerned she may lose that chance because on Tuesday, a group of gun control advocates lobbied the Del Mar Fairgrounds board to end the shows. They say the venue is inappropriate for a gun show.

"They glamorize the gun culture and help put more guns and more ammunition into the society. We don't believe the public facilities of the fairgrounds should be used for a purpose that is harmful to the public health and welfare," said Wayne Dernetz, of a group called Advocates for Gun Safety.

Abbott spoke to the board in favor of the show.

"It's just another way the anti-gun people want to take our guns away from us," she said. 

A spokeswoman for the fairgrounds says the board doesn't plan any changes to the Crossroads of the West gun show.

In addition to December, the show is already signed for five dates through 2017.

And with the Crossroads of the West in stone for next month, Abbot said she may do something new this year - attend.