Gun show ban? Ventura County Fair Board to ask lawyers, governor for advice on controversial events

Gun show ban? Ventura County Fair Board to ask lawyers, governor for advice on controversial events

Ventura County Fair Board directors want to talk to lawyers and Gov. Gavin Newsom before deciding whether to ban gun shows at the state-owned fairgrounds. Directors voted 4-3 Tuesday to schedule a discussion as soon as possible with legal counsel on the liability that could come with ending the controversial gun shows held at the Ventura fairgrounds for more than a decade. They expressed concerns about litigation threats from Crossroads of the West, the gun show operator that won a $500,000 settlement in a lawsuit over a ban at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County. “It behooves us to know what all the facts are so we can do this thing right,” Director Dan Long said. He suggested the meeting be held behind closed doors. Director Mike Bradbury noted that fair board members are appointed by the governor and proposed reaching out to Newsom. “I think we should also seek the advice of the governor, ask him what he wants his fair board members to do,” Bradbury said. The fair board has taken several steps short of a ban in response to mounting pressures from gun control advocates, the gun show operator and its patrons. After gun control advocates and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors pushed for a ban in 2018, the board allowed the shows to continue so long as they provided more gun safety educationand had all firearms cabled to surfaces. Earlier this year, directors voted to allow an October gun show but prohibited […]

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