FAIR BOARD REVIEWING GUN SHOW CONTRACT | Jan. 7 special meeting

FAIR BOARD REVIEWING GUN SHOW CONTRACT | Jan. 7 special meeting

Pictured: A firearms vendor table at a gun show. by Kimberly Riverskimberly@vcreporter.com The board of directors for the Ventura County Fairgrounds has scheduled a special meeting on Friday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. for a “discussion and possible action regarding 2022 Gun Show Contract.” As of press deadline, the document identified in the agenda is not yet posted online and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which responds to California Public Records Act requests on behalf of the fair board, has indicated the agency has received the request submitted by the Ventura County Reporter asking to view the named contract, but has not yet produced the document. State open meeting laws require that the public be provided with documents at the same time as the board members, particularly when the item is on the agenda as a potential action item. (Bagley Keene Act § 11125.1) Some members of the board for the 31st District Agricultural Association, which governs the use of the Ventura County Fairgrounds, have expressed a desire to not host gun shows at the property, which would create a shift from past policy. The board had discussed potentially voting to change that policy. Fair board members had also discussed waiting for state legislation that might prohibit gun shows on state-owned lands altogether. Such a move by the state would remove the controversial topic from the board’s hands. State Senate Bill 264, introduced by Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) in January 2021, was originally aimed at banning firearms […]

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