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Security Boost for Orange County Gun Show

COSTA MESA, Calif. (KTLA) — The O.C. Fairgrounds will hold the decades-old Crossroads of the West Gun Show this weekend — with some additional security.

Organizers are increasing security after accidental shootings at other gun shows this year.

Gun shows are also facing additional scrutiny from local governments in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last month.

The state-run fairgrounds has its own on-site security and contracts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for supplemental help.

Four deputies are scheduled to patrol the show, in addition to the two at the fairgrounds’ weekly Orange County Market Place, authorities said.

A large turn out is expected after the recent Ontario gun show drew nearly 16,000 people.

Some gun enthusiasts who fear new regulations are stocking up on guns and ammunition.

According to Bob Templeton, owner of Crossroads, the show usually get about 10,000-14,000 people, but that number could swell to 20,000 this weekend.