Del Mar residents try to ban gun show at the fairgrounds

After putting a handmade sign on a bench outside her Del Mar home, resident Roseanne Holliday heard from dozens of local residents interested in joining her crusade against gun shows. Photo courtesy of Roseanne Holliday.

By Claire Harlin

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut took place on a Friday, and like many around the world, longtime Del Mar resident Roseanne Holliday spent the following Saturday and Sunday reading about the tragedy and trying to make sense of it.

“I was so overcome. I said, ‘I have to do something,’” said Holliday, who took matters into her own hands by bringing attention to the Crossroads of the West Gunshow, one of the largest firearm retail events on the West Coast, which has taken place four times a year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the past 22 years. The next show is set to take place on March 9 and 10.

Soon after the Connecticut tragedy, Holliday hand wrote a sign that reads “Stop Del Mar Gun Show and Sale” and placed it in her front yard, and within a couple weeks she has amassed the support of at least 70 residents, many of whom have signed a petition to ban gun shows in Del Mar. She also invited those interested in the cause to attend an organizational meeting on Jan. 6. She said she expected about 25 people, however, at least 50 people showed up and packed her Del Mar home.

“At the bottom of the sign I put my email address, so I’ve been getting a lot of emails,” she said. “People are even coming up to me at the store asking how they can get involved.”

In recent weeks, some gun shows in Connecticut have been banned, and other places across the country — from New York to central Texas — are looking into similar measures.

Holliday said she hopes efforts in Del Mar will be a model for the entire state.

“They banned shows in Connecticut, and the 3,000 miles between us means nothing,” she said. “I’d feel the same way about this if Sandy Hook was a mile away.”

Crossroads of the West owner Bob Templeton said he’s “been through this in the past with the residents of Del Mar.” He will provide protest space at his upcoming show if necessary, he added.

“If the residents of Del Mar wish to protest, we support their First Amendment right to do that,” said Templeton, who has been putting on gun shows for 35 years. “But I hope they will also respect our Second Amendment right to own firearms lawfully.”

He added that gun shows are one of the most highly regulated industries in California, and there are both uniformed and undercover officers from the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and local sheriff’s departments at each show.

Templeton said he is in a three-year contract with the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Del Mar is one of the most attended of his 13 show locations, next to Orange County.

“We don’t plan to change anything that we have in place,” he said, adding that he is not anticipating that the petition will have any impact on his company’s operations.

“There are lot of people in San Diego County who own and use firearms, and they are upset by the fact that others would try to curtail their right to own and buy them,” Templeton said.

For more information, contact Holliday at To view the petition, visit

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21 Comments for “Del Mar residents try to ban gun show at the fairgrounds”

  1. local

    No one is saying they can't own guns, we just don't want gun shows in our neighborhood (or any for that matter). Even the ads are offensive with their huge guns, it is time for a cultural shift and time to say to to weaponry as a lifestyle. Go to a gun store if you want to buy a gun, don't showcase them like a garden show.

    • Do I have to be a resident of Del Mar? I want to be part of this,but I'm an Encinitas resident

    • Mike

      No one is saying they cant own alcohol, we just dont want it sold in our neighborhood (or any for that matter). even their ads are offensive with their huge bottles of vodka, its time for a cultural shift and alcohol as a lifestyle. Go to a liquor store if you want to buy booze, dont showcase it like a garden show.

      Do you see the entropy of logic here? We could literally replace "guns" with any device that has ever been involved in a crime. Put "cars", "mullets", "crowbars", or "john deere tractors" in there and you see my point. Guns dont kill people! The idiot committing crimes behind the gun is the cause.

      Please dont be offended by gun shows…we arent offended by your organi aisle in Vons.

    • Fools

      How is a picture of a gun more offensive then the use of dead children to push a political opinion. I own guns and never had the urge to kill anyone. Maybe you don't trust yourself with a firearm but that does not mean I shouldn't be able to be trusted.

    • San Diego Native

      No one is saying they can't own guns?? Have you been living in a local cave local?? Do you not listen to Dianne Frankenstein's words? That's EXACTLY what's being said, and it's 100% unConstitutional.

      Who do you think you are to tell people where to go to buy a gun? Who do you think you are to say "to to weaponry as a lifestyle?" Just because YOU don't like it? You and your ignorant elitist pals? That's very liberal of you. So just because some nut decides to use a firearm to murder you want to punish MILLIONS of law-abiding gun owners that use their firearms responsibly and legally EVERY SINGLE DAY in this country? Sounds like an elitist local to me.

      Here's a tip local, if you don't like the Crossroads of the West gun shows, then DON'T GO to them! It's that simple. Your garden shows offend the hell out of me so guess what? I DON"T GO TO THEM I don't make an issue of it and try to control what other people do.

      No one is infringing on you whatsoever, but you want to infringe on everyone else because you and the sheeple like yourself don't know a damn thing about firearms and you swallow everything the liberal news feeds you on that silver spoon. That and you love to control people. You're a control freak! You look down your nose at everyone because you think you're superior. Guess what? You're not.

      And as far as the ads offending you? Boo-freakin'-hoo! If the sign offends you, here's a novel idea………DON'T LOOK AT IT!

      Why aren't you out there on your high horse blaming cars for all the deaths attributed to automobile accident deaths that are in the THOUSANDS every single year? Are you going to protest the car shows too? THOUSANDS of innocent people are killed annually from automobiles. WHERE's YOUR OUTRAGE THERE??

      Bunch of ignorant, hypocritical, elitist control freaks who don't know a damn thing about firearms besides what they see in the movies. You people disgust me to the core.

      • Carlsbad resident

        There is no need for name-calling. This is an open forum and all opinions should be respected.
        I will support gun shows when they initiate background checks.

    • Mike

      Maybe we should cancel the car show at the convention center as well because anyone can jump into a car and run someone over? Yeah that sounds about as crazy as you wanting to cancel the gun show. ALL of the dealers at the gun show are licensed, it’s not like illegal transactions happen at the gun show. By the way, have you read the gun laws for California? They are most strict laws in the nation. I agree with them and abide by them.

      I understand you want to do something because of what happened in CT, maybe go after the criminals instead of law abiding citizens.

      Frustrates me how ignorant some protestors are. If you want to do something how about working with law abiding gun owners to come up with some type of action instead of jumping on the media bandwagon and just start protesting guns in general.

    • Problem is many many people use guns daily, you may never use a gun ever, but daily people enjoy the use of guns for recreation. So in your opinion, gun users are a small group. But your’re wrong.

      After a few incidences of gun violence that are public you blame everyone and even law abiding citizen get punished but the criminal w/ his $5000 gold plated AK 47 human killing machine in LA he’s left out there killing on the streets and progrressive liberal Lawmakers never go after him. So you are no safer with the stupid laws.

      But, once Progressive Liberals get on a crusade it progressively gets worse and worse until they micromanage every aspect of the issue, they don’t know when to quit, but they sure know how to capture the tax dollars.

      Thousands want the gun show and 1000s will fight to maintain the Amendment—Your buddy Obama only won by half of the USA—The other half sees his lies and refuses to believe him any longer–you want the tax dollars but you don’t want to share them with the values and interests of all—just your small isolated little group gets the say so.

      If the safety of the Children is really your issue then seek out ways to protect children in school and out. but, my guess is this is an easy target and you don’t really want to protect the children you just want to limit the rights of others—-Couched in a statement about child safety-

  2. yasure

    America was built on Guns. Get over it.

  3. Edward Valamente

    The Crossroads of the west gun show has been a fixture here in Del Mar for quite some time now. Families from throughout San Diego look forward towards this event. My question for Ms Holliday is, why now, why didn't you voice your objections a year ago? Besides, don't the 1% spend this time of year worrying about taxes, redistributing, etc.?


  4. Had Enough Yet?

    Hey, idiot, if you feel like you just 'have to do something' try reading the Constitution sometime.

  5. If you really believe removing your inalienable right to defend yourself, just get on the train and do what your told. Its for your safety!

  6. Apparently I have no 1st on this site either, while I wait for my comment to be approved. FYA! Why cant anyone see this agenda?

  7. Rose

    Del Mar would love the whole fair grounds to be changed into something else so it seems to me that they will use the shootings and the guns as a starting point to dismantle the Del Mar Fair and fair grounds. Oh sorry, the San Diego Fair. I am sure that this lady is sincere but once the things she enjoys start to get regulated beyond belief or taken away her store will change. The world will never be 100% safe until all humans are gone.

  8. Rose

    Del Mar would love the whole fair grounds to be changed into something else so it seems to me that they will use the shootings and the guns as a starting point to dismantle the Del Mar Fair and fair grounds. Oh sorry

  9. Russ Hudson

    Sign me up to be a protester! We’ve got to stand up against these ignorant teabillies that really don’t know the Constitution as they proclaim to.The entire amendment is essentially giving states the right to have their own citizens militia. So yes, the amendment is giving Americans the right to own a gun, but it’s to be a gun that’s meant as part of the armament of a well-regulated militia. Hone in on those words. Well-regulated. These gun-nuts don’t know what that means. How many more gun accidents/mass shootings/crimes of passion do we have to go through before Americans wake up to the $$ oriented gun lobbyists?! Shame on you, NRA! Shame on you gun nuts!!

  10. Republican

    How about instead of trying to infringe on my 2nd amendment rights to make you happy you move your liberal butt to one of those other promised lands that have banned guns.

    2nd amendment advocates we need to start our own petition to keep the gun show at Del Mar. Anyone know of one?

    Better yet we should file a class action suit against Holliday if our rights are infringed on!

  11. @ Russ Hudson—”well regulated” you think we should trust you? No thanks. California Already has some of the most strict gun laws in the United States but yet in your magor cities like SJ, SF, SD, LA and small communities everywhere–Drug dealers carry Gold plated AK-47 killing Machines and that is with all the strictest CA regulations——So you want to take the guns of law abiding citizen away so only the bad guys have guns? Russ let take it to the Courts—–Millions and millions of Americans appose you RUSS. I just Joined the NRA lifetime membership$360 and the CA Branch of the NRA—Russ Hows Boarder Security going? Hows the war on Drugs going? You’re full of chyt——-

  12. Local Resident

    The NRA has been trying to deflect blame away from the gun to the shooters. Well the gun-show loophole is a big way that felons, or others who have been deemed unsuitable to own a gun, are able to obtain them,.. that’s why they go to gun shows.
    You can say the problem is the shooter and then stand in the way of preventing “unsuitable people” from being able to buy guns.

    Del Mar Fairgrounds should not be supporting this tragic loophole.

  13. hubba

    To “Local Resident”. It is so typical for a lib such as yourself to make incorrect conclusions based upon nothing more than something you heard. There is no “gun show loop hole” in California. All of you Libs need to quit forming emotional conclusions. Get informed. Try exercising your brain by doing a little research.

  14. Carlsbad resident

    Arguments Gun Advocates Make, and Why They’re Wrong

    1) Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
    Maybe, but people with guns kill many, many more people than they would if they didn’t have guns, and guns designed to kill as many people as possible. We don’t know if the murderer in Newtown was suffering from a suicidal depression, but many mass shooters in the past were. And guess what? People suffer from suicidal depression everywhere in the world. People get angry and upset everywhere in the world. But there aren’t mass shootings every few weeks in England or Costa Rica or Japan, and the reason is that people in those places who have these impulses don’t have an easy way to access lethal weapons and unlimited ammunition. But if you want to kill large numbers of people and you happen to be an American, you’ll find it easy to do.

    2) The Constitution says I have a right to own guns.
    Yes it does, but for some reason gun advocates think that the right to bear arms is the only constitutional right that is virtually without limit. You have the right to practice your religion, but not if your religion involves human sacrifice. You have the right to free speech, but you can still be prosecuted for incitement or conspiracy, and you can be sued for libel. Every right is subject to limitation when it begins to threaten others, and the Supreme Court has affirmed that even though there is an individual right to gun ownership, the government can put reasonable restrictions on that right.

    And we all know that if this shooter turns out to have a Muslim name, plenty of Americans, including plenty of gun owners, will be more than happy to give up all kinds of rights in the name of fighting terrorism. Have the government read my email? Have my cell phone company turn over my call records? Check which books I’m taking out of the library? Make me take my shoes off before getting on a plane, just because some idiot tried to blow up his sneakers? Sure, do what you’ve got to do. But don’t make it harder to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition, because if we couldn’t do that we’d no longer be free.

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