LA Gun Show expects big crowd

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By Tris DeRoma

According to Los Alamos Gun Show organizer Steve Porter, this weekend’s show is all about quality, not quantity. 

The gun show’s venue, the Knights of Columbus building on DP Road, will be home to quality vendors selling new and used guns, knives, survival gear and everything else. 

According to Porter, with the political climate being what it is today, that could bring more people to the show than ever.

“Uncertainty triggers bigger gun sales,” Porter said. “If people are uncertain about the political environment, or they’re uncertain about their future, they want something for protection.” 

And that means personal responsibility doesn’t have to be sacrificed in the process.

“We want to do all we can to promote responsibility, to promote community and do everything we can to protect our rights,” Porter said.

With gun-control advocates controlling the Governor’s office and the Roundhouse next year, this gun show is just as good a time as any to stock up. 

Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham aggressively campaigned on her gun-control agenda, as did the majority of Democratic Party candidates for state office.  

“I don’t think they’re very pro gun, and they could try to pass some stuff that’s not very good for the freedom of the country and for the freedom of the state,” Porter said.

And not to worry, there will be plenty available Saturday and Sunday for hunters, sport shooters and those looking for personal protection for their family and property. 

“There will be as many vendors as the building will hold,” Porter said. “Instead of quantity, we’ve got quality. We’ve got some of the best gun show vendors in the state.” According to Porter, that translates into a lot of selection, and a lot of new and used firearms for sale. 

People are advised to come early to get the best selection. Last year, 829 paying attendees came. Many people come from all over northern New Mexico, “due to the fact that we got a great selection of stuff that’s closer than they’re used to at great prices,” Porter said. 

Also on sale will be factory new ammo at discount prices. Also for sale will be handmade knifes and a large assortment of other kinds of knives. 

“One vendor has over 2,000 pocket knives and knives of different sorts,” Porter said. 

Los Alamos Ammo (losalamosammo.com) will be promoting the show also. 

The show hours are Saturday, 9-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, children 12-17 years old are $3 and children under 11 are free with a parent. Attendees can also get a two-day pass for $8.

The Knights of Columbus will be cooking breakfast and lunch. 

“We want to invite the public to come down and enjoy the show,” Porter said.

People are also invited to bring down anything they want to trade or sell. All federal and state laws apply. Loaded firearms are not allowed. 

Guns brought to the show will be cleared and zip tied at the door before being allowed in. 

“We want to run a very responsible, family-orientated event. That’s what we do,” Porter said.