The Great Western Gun Show Will Go On

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

LOS ANGELES ( - The next gun show scheduled for the end of this month at the Pomona Fairplex will go on as scheduled despite a ban on selling weapons on Los Angeles County property, said the owner of Great Western Shows Inc.

"Many people believe the county Board of Supervisors, though its action this month, shut us down," said Karl Amelang. "But, technically, they have not. We just can't sell firearms the way the ordinance is written at this time."

Amelang said the show's more than 2,000 exhibitors can still sell war memorabilia, coins, badges and uniforms, and swords.

Also the way the ordinance is written, exhibitors can still display firearms and ammunition. They just can't sell them or talk about selling them, said the show's publicist Jeff Schenkel.

Billed as the largest gun show in the nation, the Great Western show is held four times a year at the Fairplex in Pomona, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The next show is set for October 29-31.

Great Western filed a federal lawsuit against the county over its decision to bar gun sales on all county property. At an October 15 hearing, Great Western lawyers will as U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Paez to allow the show to continue as planned pending resolution of the lawsuit.

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