On Saturday, November 11th, a group of like-minded people gathered together at the state capital to talk about gun violence in America, and steps you can do to prevent it.
The Sacramento Crossroads Gun Show took place at Cal Expo on April 1st from 9am to 5pm and on April 2nd from 9am to 4pm with a $14 entry fee.
This Crossroads Gun Show is part of a larger Crossroads tour around the country, and will be returning to Sacramento on the weekend of September 16th and 17th with the same entry fee and hours.
The event was exclusively commercial – there were no speakers or presentations and merchandise tables were laid out across every corner of the warehouse. Vendors primarily sold guns, ammunition, hunting gear and equipment, and gun-related apparel such as t-shirts and fabric patches.
The guns ranged from pistols to sniper rifles to semi-automatic and automatic firearms to shotguns. Packages of bullets, rifle sights, cartridges, pistol-fitted holsters and other miscellaneous gun pieces and accessories specific to different gun models were available for purchase from several vendors at the event. One vendor sold bulletproof vests and protective head gear.
There were also tables set-up for shooting ranges and gun associations to attract gun enthusiasts and new shooters.
“I got into [the shooting range business] about 10 years ago,” said Bill Paganelli of California Shooting Arcade. “I found out how much fun it was, I wanted to share it with everybody.”
Other weapons and self-defense dealers had also set-up tables in the warehouse. There were several knife dealers, a taser and pepper-spray salesman, and even an ancient art merchant who sold bejeweled swords and knives from ancient civilizations.
While guns and gun-related equipment were the primary focus of every vendor, general right-wing merchandise was all-abound. An “Extremely Right Wing” bumper sticker lay near a crusader cross fabric patch at one table. Multiple vendors sold “Hillary for Prison” t-shirts while a “Make America Great Again” banner draped below one merchant’s table.
The beliefs of the vendors and attendants appeared to extend beyond a shared interest in guns, however the no-camera policy and the lack of speaking events meant no media involvement, leaving the event private and its participants kept to themselves.
Access Sacramento attempted to film the event to gain a greater perspective into the Sacramento gun culture but were discouraged from collecting or using any footage.