* Joe Davis, a private gun dealer (letter, Aug. 27), apparently was not at the same gun show I attended at the Pomona Fairplex. I was appalled at what I, as a former gun collector, found on site.
Along with a few booths selling pro-Nazi books, magazines, posters and videos glorifying the atrocities of WWII, there were displays of combat weapons including antitank rifles. These were not just museum displays. They all had price tags. Parts and manuals for the express purpose of converting formerly semiautomatic military weapons to fully automatic function were also on display at various vendor tables. Back when I was still a collector in the '60s, there was a real law on the books making it illegal to offer ammunition magazines or clips exceeding a five-round capacity for semiautomatic, center-fire rifles. At this show, there were tables covered with boxes full of high-capacity magazines formerly available only to the military and authorized police organizations.
Then, of course, there were the roving, uniformed white supremacists talking it up in the aisles to anyone who would stop and listen.
Make no mistake, there were thousands of well-meaning sportsmen and collectors with their families. But there were too many representatives from street gangs and white supremacists with their hatemongering tattoos glaring at all who passed by. And, to be sure, they were crowding the tables and booths selling high-tech weapons.