COSTA MESA, Calif. (KTLA) — Record crowds were reported at the two-day Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Costa Mesa over the weekend.
Crowds lined up at the Orange County Fairgrounds starting at 3 a.m. on Saturday, the first day of the show.
Organizers said they expected a record two-day total of some 25,000 visitors to the event.
It was so successful on Saturday that vendors decided to stop selling ammunition at 3:30 p.m. to avoid running out for Sunday.
Much of the interest in the show was connected to gun enthusiasts’ fears that suggested legislation in Washington could directly impact and curtail gun ownership.
President Obama’s recent gun task force, spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, includes proposals to reinstate a previous assault weapons ban.
Also being discussed is a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more stringent background checks for potential gun owners.
The hot-button issue brought prospective buyers like Scott Jones of Highland to the gun show in Costa Mesa.
“I’m a little concerned that they may regulate it too much,” Jones said.