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Ontario Gun Show Expected To Draw 13,000 This Weekend

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Second Amendment enthusiasts turned out in droves to attend Southern California's first gun show since the Sandy Hook shooting just a few weeks ago. The Crossroads of the West Gun Show that typically attracts about 7,000 to the Ontario Convention Center is on track to host 13,000, according to the Daily Bulletin.

Fire officials had to slow the line down outside the convention center for fear that the convention center would exceed capacity. Long lines of gun owners edgy about gun legislation snaked around just outside the entrance (check out this gallery). It's not a big shocker that the gun show would be so packed. Background checks for guns shot up 39 percent from November to December. But attendees at the gun show for the most part were already armed: many of them were there for the ammo.

Gun shows have been one of many aspects of American gun culture that have come under increasing scrutiny since the Sandy Hook shooting, particularly of the "Gun Show Loophole" that allows buyers to purchase a gun without a federal background check (apparently even when the purchaser brags that he would never be able to pass the check).

However, California law is stricter than other states: all gun transfers must go through a licensed dealer, according to the Bulletin. Firearms such as the AK-47 and the controversial AR-15 have been banned in California since 1989 since another elementary school shooting.

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