End to gun shows at Cow Palace could involve “conversations” about its roof

End to gun shows at Cow Palace could involve “conversations” about its roof

Lawmakers who are once again pushing for a ban on gun shows at the Cow Palace may have an ace up their sleeves — the aging exhibition hall’s roof. Since the mid-1980s, the state-owned Cow Palace, in Daly City at the border of San Mateo and San Francisco counties, has hosted gun shows four or five times a year. In recent years, the shows have become a flash point for gun control advocates in both counties. “Five gun shows a year right in the heart of the Bay Area — right on the border of San Francisco,” state Sen. Scott Wiener , D-San Francisco, said at a news conference Monday to promote his bill to ban the gun shows. “When people hear this, they are surprised and they are, frankly, horrified.” “Our communities are trying to get more guns off of the streets, not on the streets,” said state Assemblyman Phil Ting , D-San Francisco, another bill backer who was with Wiener at the event, as was state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. Twice, lawmakers pushed a ban through the state Legislature only to have it vetoed, once by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and once by Gov. Jerry Brown , who appoints the Cow Palace board. “He didn’t want the Legislature telling his administration how to make decisions,” said former state Sen. Mark Leno , who authored two of the four previous attempts at banning gun shows. Cow Palace officials declined to go on the record about the ban, […]

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