Cache Valley’s first gun show will be coming to the Cache County Fairgrounds Event Center in Logan from March 1 to 2.
The Crossroads of the West Gun Show is a family owned business based in Kaysville and is one of the largest gun shows in the state.
“My father started this business 43 years ago,” said Rob Templeton, the current owner of the show.
“He grew up hunting and shooting, and it has always been a part of my family. After working in the corporate sector my dad decided to open a shop called Guns Unlimited in the Salt Lake area,” Templeton said.
Gun shows ultimately did better than the gun store, so Templeton’s father took his shows on the road from San Francisco to Arizona, Nevada and Salt Lake.
Now, Templeton’s gun show will arrive in Logan.
“It was an easy decision to come to Logan,” Templeton said. “Both me and my wife graduated from Utah State University, and my kids are attending too, so we wanted to come back to that community.”
Templeton said the show has more than 200 vendors ranging from bags and jewelry to cowboys and military trinkets to ammunition.
“We know Cache Valley is a pretty conservative area and figured it would be a good place to go,” Templeton said. “We want our show to be accessible to kids of all ages, though. I grew up shooting as well, and I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to be around guns and have fun.”
Templeton said he understands the importance of guns as well as the need to be safe around them.
“I believe our founding fathers put the Second Amendment in the Constitution because historically bad things have happened when citizens don’t have guns. That’s why networking and being around other gun owners is a big part of the show.”
Templeton said that the show gives residents of Cache Valley a unique opportunity to meet people and get “incredible deals.”
“We will have all sorts of stuff, and it’s family friendly,” Templeton said. “Guns are like cars in terms of customizing, and we will have a variety of booths set up just for that.”
A large gun show in the valley may impact local retailers, and many hope that impact will be positive.
Norr Hendricks is the owner of Mike’s Pawn Shop and Gun Store. He and his son run the shop, which opened in 1990.
“We get a variety of customers, some of them are new and some of them are repeat customers,” Hendricks said.
A large gun show in the valley will provide some competition to Hendricks’ shop.
“It probably won’t hurt business long-term but hopefully anyone buying guns at the show will come to us and restock on ammunition and accessories,” Hendricks said.
Templeton said that gun shows and gun stores go hand-in-hand.
“We have a lot of people come, and they are buying their first gun, and they don’t know where to go afterwards,” Templeton said. “Hopefully the gun show will be good for local businesses as gun owners branch out to see what’s in their own community.”
The Crossroads of the West Gun Show is March 1 to 2 at the Cache Valley Fairgrounds. Kids 12 and under are free, and tickets can be bought online or at the door.