Residents Rally for Gun Safety at Del Mar Gun Show

The Crossroads of the West Gun Show is one of the largest in the country

Residents and City leaders gathered outside the main gate of the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Del Mar Saturday to advocate for tougher gun safety laws.

A spokesperson for the group said they have been organizing rallies since the San Bernardino shooting.

The group said they don't want to take guns away from people, but believe increased gun safety laws will help keep guns out of the wrong hands.

"Looking at the headlines of this past week, the need is becoming increasingly urgent that we do something,” Del Mar resident Wayne Dernetz said.

They're urging more education for gun owners, background checks for guns and ammunition, and a limit on how many guns and how much ammo can be purchased at a time.

Rose Ann Sharp said she was there because she doesn’t want her eight-year-old grandchild to grow up in a country where he has to worry about getting shot.

“Six months ago we were using stats that said there was a mass shooting every six months, then they turned it to every two months, now we’re saying there’s a mass shooting every month,” Sharp said. “There are too many guns in the hands of the wrong people.”

County Supervisor Dave Roberts was also there showing support and bringing awareness about the ties between mental health and mass shootings.

Democrats in Congress have been pushing for stricter gun laws, including closing the ‘gun show loophole’ and not allowing people on the ‘no fly’ list to buy guns, but so far most legislation has been gridlocked or voted down. 

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