Crossroads of the West Gun Show at Cow Palace proves to be hot event 

click to enlarge A long line of people wait to buy tickets outside the South Hall at the Cow Palace for the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, while others sign-up to be a member at the NRA booth. - ERIKA RAE LANGDON/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • A long line of people wait to buy tickets outside the South Hall at the Cow Palace for the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, while others sign-up to be a member at the NRA booth.

The San Francisco Bulls kept the main area of the Cow Palace bustling this weekend, but there was no doubt the real attraction was the annual Crossroads of the West Gun Show.

Thousands of people flocked to the South Hall of the arena to purchase firearms, ammo and accessories. NRA volunteers lured prospective new members before they entered, shouting, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem," along with offering free admission for signing up.

While many weapons are available to purchase, some attendees simply wanted to stock up on ammo.

"I like to take my time and to find what's safest," said Bill Smith, a firearms instructor who works with the Boy Scouts of America, on purchasing a new weapon. "I attend these kinds of shows every couple of years because they're fun, but not to buy."

Attendees are allowed to bring their weapons, but they must be unloaded and are checked by security guards when entering and departing.

On Sunday, KGO-TV reported that gun show organizers said they had record turnout this year. The station said it spoke with attendees who expressed a strong desire to be there out of fear that tighter restrictions on firearms were inevitable this year.

elangdon@sfexaminer.com

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