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Why some people attended Costa Mesa Gun Show after Las Vegas mass shooting

People shoot their guns at a shooting range near the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.
People shoot their guns at a shooting range near the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.
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This weekend, Costa Mesa hosted California's largest gun show, the Crossroads of the West.
The event has been a presence in Orange County for 35 years. But this year's show comes on the heels of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Some outside observers thought a gun show so soon after such a significant tragedy was unwise. But those in attendance disagreed.

"I don't base [how I feel about] firearms off of what a crazy person does," said Jeremy Davis, referring to the Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead.

Davis was one of the people at Crossroads who was not there to buy a gun. Instead, he was looking for a gunsmith. "I have a firearm that needs a little bit of work, so if I can find someone here that's qualified then I can take it to him and have it repaired."

Donette Ennes was also not at the show to purchase firearms. But she does keep one on her for protection.

"I own some properties," Ennes said. "Sometimes I have workers coming that I’ve never met before, and me going as a female not knowing who I’m going to encounter, I conceal. They don’t know that, but in case I’m in the house by myself with a worker that suddenly goes crazy I’m prepared."

But Ennes said that the incident in Las Vegas weighs on her, even if it does not inform her gun decisions.

"It’s a tragedy," she said. "It’s someone that’s had some mental breakdown to cause them to do something unthinkable. I think responsible gun owners know that that is an isolated incident."

To hear more about the Crossroads of the West gun show, click the blue player above.


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