A bill that would block gun shows from taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds outside of San Diego cleared its last legislative hurdle and is now on its way to Governor Gavin Newsom in the latest attempt by anti-gun activists to end gun shows throughout the state of California.
Assemblyman Todd Gloria’s bill would prohibit the sale of firearms or ammunition at the fairgrounds, which has hosted the Crossroads of the West gun shows for decades. Gun control activists actually convinced the board to block gun shows, but a federal judge in California put a halt to the board’s decision.
A judge issued a preliminary injunction June 19 putting a pause on the Del Mar Fair Board’s temporary ban on gun shows at the fairgrounds. According to the Crossroads website the next scheduled show at Del Mar will be September 28 and 29, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Federal District Court Judge Cathy Bencivengo’s injunction prohibited the board from continuing its ban on the show, which started on the first of this year, until a lawsuit filed by gun show operators was settled.
The board voted in September to put the shows on hold until 2020 while it reviewed its policy on gun shows. The policy changes being considered included an all-out ban, a gun sale ban and an educational-only gun show.
“This bill is about offering more than thoughts and prayers,” said Gloria in a news release. “It’s about policy and action and listening to the communities around the Fairgrounds who no longer want these events taking place. In California, we value people over guns and this bill makes that clear.”