OC Fair & Event Center board stands down from plan to fight bill aimed at ending gun shows

OC Fair & Event Center board stands down from plan to fight bill aimed at ending gun shows

The Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Orange County Fair & Event Center officials have decided to back off on attempts to soften the economic blow of a state Senate bill that, if signed into law by the governor, would end gun shows at the O.C. fairgrounds. Board members earlier this month considered sending a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom urging him to veto SB 264, a piece of legislation intended to enact a statewide ban on the sales of guns and ammunition on state-owned properties but was later amended to apply only to the Costa Mesa fairgrounds. That property has hosted gun shows operated by Utah-based Crossroads of the West for more than 25 years, earning millions for the 32nd District Agricultural Assn. and drawing up to 70,000 visitors annually. To help prevent the loss of as much as $1 million in income next year should SB 264 pass, board members were also considering pre-approving a 2022 contract with Crossroads before the bill’s Jan. 1 effective date. UPDATE: both items being considered (a letter opposing #SB264 to Gov. Newsom and a long-term gun show contract) failed! Orange County families won a decisive victory over the NRA today. Thank you to the Board of the @ocfair for doing the right thing! https://t.co/mczwBBd3iS — Dave Min (@SenDaveMin) September 23, 2021 But those plans were halted Thursday in a meeting during which the bill’s author, Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine), several public speakers and even some board members challenged […]

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