Gun Show packs them in

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County > Show has new venue at the K of C

By Gina Velasquez

Sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, the 2014 Gun Show has a new venue — the Knights of Columbus, 104 D.P. Road.
And on Saturday morning, the show already was packed.
Firearm vendors and enthusiasts in the community and from across the state were welcome to buy, sell, swap and browse. Firearm ammo and accessories were also available.
The show, which started Saturday, will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today. General admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Passes for both days are $8 for adults and youth ages 12-18 are $3.
All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.
For the previous 17 years, the Gun Show was at the Pueblo Complex, but last year’s event was touched by controversy when Los Alamos resident Nancy Schick opposed the use of school property for gun sales, although the Pueblo Complex is no longer a school — it is still owned by Los Alamos Public Schools.
Schick, a former teacher at Los Alamos High School, cited the rash of gun violence in schools as one of the reasons for her opposition.
Pueblo Complex is leased out for venues from various organizations throughout the year.
Last year, school Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt told a reporter from the Los Alamos Monitor that he understood Schick’s concerns, but he believed LASC had every right to request the use of the facility because it does serve a public need.
Several attempts to contact Schick were unsuccessful.
Despite the issue, LASC Vice President Steve McKelvey said last year’s turnout was positive. The LASC expects another positive turnout this year at the new venue.
LASC past President Ken Laintz organized last year’s gun show and told the Los Alamos Monitor he was puzzled by the issue because the show had been happening at the gym for many years.
“The school board was supposed to have a vote, but nothing ever came out of it,” McKelvey said.