Ontario Gun Show Draws Thousands Looking to Stock Up, Send a Message
It’s the first gun show in California since a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut killed 20 students and six educators.
By Michelle Valles and Samantha Tata
Sunday, Jan 6, 2013
With supply low and demand high, gun owners flocked to the Ontario Convention Center this weekend to stock up on ammunition at the state’s first gun show since a mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school reignited the dormant gun control debate and increased sensitivity across the nation to firearms.
Some 6,000 people had filled the center by Saturday afternoon, and more than double that figure is expected to attend the event, which is open to the public and ends Sunday. The massive turnout is something even the Crossroads of the West Gun Show promoter didn’t expect.
“Nationally manufacturers can’t keep up demand for firearms or ammunition,” said Bob Templeton, with Crossroads of the West Gun Shows. “There’s no ammunition at stores, I’m understanding, anyway.”