California Win: Del Mar Gun Show Will Go On

Federal Judge Blocks Gun Show Ban at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Preliminary injunction means the popular, legal, and safe gun shows may continue while the case continues. Efforts to block similar bans continue statewide.

Del Mar, CA – Despite the best efforts of well-financed and coordinated groups like Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety and Never Again California, the family-friendly Crossroads of the West show can continue to go on for now at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. That’s thanks to a judge’s order blocking the Fairgrounds’ ban on such events. The judge’s ruling was issued on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Following oral arguments, federal district court judge Cathy Bencivengo (an Obama appointee!) issued an order granting the request for a preliminary injunction, prohibiting the Del Mar Fair Board from enforcing its recently-enacted ban on gun shows which took effect January 1, 2019.

“We’re thankful Judge Bencivengo sees the Constitutional problems with banning these safe, perfectly-legal events and is allowing the show to go on while we continue to fight,” said Tiffany Cheuvront, civil rights attorney for the Crossroads of the West show. “We’re confident that as this case progresses, law-abiding Americans’ civil rights will not be unjustly violated and that we will prevail,” she continued.

Gun show opponents argue that these immensely-popular events should not be allowed on public property because gun shows “glorify the gun culture” – an expression that they use to censor and suppress – among other reasons, many of which are complete myths.

The reality is that less than ten percent of the activity at a gun show involves firearms or ammunition. The shows are a modern bazaar, with a wide assortment of food, interesting merchandise, and services available. Only the Del Mar Fairgrounds is large enough to accommodate the show – and there are no other suitable public or private venues in the area.

“These well-funded anti-gun groups are using every myth in the book to push their anti-gun agenda on a legal, safe, and family-friendly event that has been held for years because they simply don’t like guns,” Cheuvront continued.

Although the judge declined to issue a decision on the merits at this time, the preliminary injunction means that gun show promoters may now request dates and hold shows while the case continues.

“This is a huge first victory for those involved in the case including CRPA, Second Amendment Foundation, South Bay Rod and Gun Club and all of the individual plaintiffs,” concluded Cheuvront.

About the California Rifle & Pistol Association
Founded in 1875, the California Rifle & Pistol Association provides training in the safe, responsible, and enjoyable use of firearms; sanctions competitive shooting state championships; and fights for the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms for those who choose to own a gun in California for sport, hunting, or self-defense. For more information, visit

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#Amazing, I’m glad the court will allow us to attend our safe and family friendly Del Mar gun show! :smile:


Welcome to the Community, @BMcNeil112!

Does you family usually attend the Del Mar show?


We love attending the Del Mar fun gun show and CRPA local events as often as possible! :laughing:


Yes, the Del Mar show is one of our favorite family events! :purple_heart:


Um… wait… is that against the law?
If it is, someone better go tell all of Hollywood they’re about to be arrested. :woman_facepalming:


Is this accurate information? My FFLs continue to inform me the Del Mar shows especially the one at the SF Cow Palace will stop by the end of 2019. Does anyone have more updated information to share? Thanks.

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@momo I don’t know how it’s been recently, but that last time I went to one of those (a couple years ago when I was in CA) it was pretty dismal… mostly gun cases, cheap knives, and accessories - hardly anything firearm or ammo at all.

I keep getting informed the Del Mar Gun Show hosts the San Francisco Cow Palace location. This location draws ten of thousands of people because it is one of the few in Northern California. There is a good variety of vendors:

  • wholesale ammo suppliers & reloads,
  • upper and lower receivers,
  • handgun and rifle accessory suppliers,
  • some larger dealers with firearms (e.g. Turners and Sportman’s Warehouse),
  • training services (Frontsight, Bat Tactical) & firearm safety certification,
  • vintage firearms, clothing, modern accessories & armor plating,
  • various firearm owner membership organizations (NRA, USLaw Shield, etc),
  • and of course jerky.

So not sure if it is same organization that you attended? I think the Cow Palace show is worth visiting but that is just my ten cents. and here are the Court filings

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