Welcome to the West Coast's biggest gun show | KALW

Welcome to the West Coast's biggest gun show

Apr 19, 2018

California has some of the strictest gun regulations in the country — and a booming gun industry. More than 1 million firearms were purchased in the state in in 2016, or roughly one gun for every 30 residents.

This past weekend, the Crossroads of the West Gun Show — billed as the largest gun show in the West Coast — made a stop at the Cow Palace in Daly City.


A small number of student protestors stood outside, hoping to engage the buyers in conversation.


Inside, gun fans browsed through tables of holsters, samurai swords, recycled ammunition, beef jerky, t-shirts, schwag, assault rifles, and handguns.


KALW News reporter Holly J. McDede was on the scene, microphone in hand.



"It's incorrect to think that everyone at this scene is a mouth-breathing, tiki torch-carrying maniac. Liberals buy guns. Smart, empathetic conservatives buy guns."