Crossroads of the West gun show

About the event:
  • The show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • Tickets are $12 and are available online as well as at the Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way.
  • Children who are under 12 years old can attend the event for free with a parent or guardian.
  • Attendees are prohibited from taking loaded firearms or loaded magazines into the show. However, they can take an unloaded firearm for trade or sale.
  • Gunbuyers must be residents of California.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.crossroadsgunshows.com/index.php.

Plenty of process for firearm purchase

Gun shows in California are required to follow the same rules and laws as any other gun dealer in the state, said Michelle Gregory, spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice.

When a gun show attendee purchases a firearm, they must fill out the necessary paperwork, which is then submitted to the state through a Dealer Record of Sale.

Individuals purchasing a handgun must possess a Handgun Safety Certificate, which can be obtained by taking and passing a written test on handgun safety.

The tests can be taken at gun shows or other licensed firearms dealerships and private firearms training facilities, according to the California Department of Justice.

They then undergo a background check by the state agency and FBI, which is followed by a 10-day waiting period before they can pick up their firearm.

All gun sales in California are required to occur through a licensed dealer.

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ONTARIO - Crossroads of the West Gun Shows will be hosting its first gun show at the Ontario Convention Center since the November election and massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which have both prompted record-breaking gun sales in the country.

The Utah-based company hosts shows at the Convention Center several times a year, but due to recent concerns over the future of the nation's firearm laws, this weekend's show is expected to have a larger turnout.

"We anticipate a huge crowd," Crossroads owner Bob Templeton said.

"Everything that we've done since the election has been up significantly in terms of attendance."

Attendance at a recent Las Vegas show put on by Crossroads was up 50 percent, and there is a waiting list for vendors to participate in the Ontario show, Templeton said.

There will be 720 tables this weekend displaying firearms, ammunition, accessories, knives and other products.

"There's a lot of activity in terms of number of vendors. We always sell out the Ontario show," Templeton said.

Templeton said the rush to purchase guns has been spurred by recent discussion of creating more firearm bans and regulations.

"All of us feel a lot of sadness for what happened in Connecticut, but those who would restrict or regulate our Second Amendment right to lawfully have access to guns are using a tragic event to further their gun control agenda and political agenda," he said.

"People are feeling that threat and are responding by going out and buying guns and ammunition."

Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut school on Dec. 14. He also killed his mother before going on the rampage and then killed himself. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has said legislation would be introduced this session to limit the sale, transfer and possession of assault weapons.

Crossroads holds shows at the Convention Center a couple times a year and they have always been well organized and positive, said Michael Krouse, president and CEO of the Ontario Convention Center and Visitors Bureau.

"They are very conscious of the need to be safe and secure," he said.

"They're probably one of the most professional I've seen in my years of experience."

Krouse said he expects this show to run as smoothly as past shows.

Rifles are displayed for sale at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show on July 29 at the Ontario Convention Center.
Rifles are displayed for sale at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show on July 29 at the Ontario Convention Center. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

"I believe it will be business as usual for them, and I will say in this city they're very welcome and do a very good job," he said.

Police Lt. Dean Brown said there will be officers on the premises, which is typical.

The Police Department has also not been made aware of any planned protests.

"We haven't heard of any protests, but we actually have officers that will be working that event specifically," he said.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows have attracted more than 407,000 customers over the past year, according to its website.

Hundreds of tables are on display during the show with a range of products suitable for the once-a-year hunter to collectors. Gun show attendees will also be able to find knives, gun parts, accessories and even crafts.

A variety of firearms are available for sale at the show, including antiques, collectibles and modern firearms.

California has the strictest gun laws in the country, Templeton said. Assault rifles are not permitted for sale nor are magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

"Essentially a gun show in California is just like buying a gun from a dealer at their store. There's no private party sales," Templeton said.

Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence said California gun shows are generally well-regulated, closing many of the loopholes that allow unsafe person-to-person sales in other states. 

"We believe that California should be a model for the rest of the nation," he said.


Staff Writer Ryan Hagen contributed to this report.

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