Orange County fair board fails to thwart gun show ban similar to one that targeted Del Mar

Orange County fair board fails to thwart gun show ban similar to one that targeted Del Mar

(The San Diego Union-Tribune) Protesters demonstrate outside the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in December 2019. Attorney says appointees can’t take position on legislation or ask governor for veto The Orange County fair board has decided to drop its proposed request for Gov. Newsom to veto legislation that would ban the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Newsom has until Oct. 10 to sign or veto the legislation, which is similar to recent bans that stopped the gun shows held for years at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and at the Cow Palace in Northern California. If signed, the law would be effective Jan. 1. Orange County Fair & Events Center board Chair Natalie Rubalcava-Garcia said Monday the board should send a letter to the governor opposing the legislation, Senate Bill 264, and asking him to veto it. She said the gun show, held several weekends each year, brings $1 million annually in much-needed revenue for the 32nd District Agricultural Association that runs the fairgrounds. However, Josh Caplan, a deputy attorney general and counsel to the fairgrounds, told the board that as a body appointed by the governor, it cannot take a position on proposed legislation. “The district is not able to engage in grassroots lobbying,” Caplan said. “It’s OK to provide information on financial impacts, (but it cannot) advocate for a specific veto. That distinction is critically important.” The board voted unanimously to table the letter so […]

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