Oxnard to consider stating objection to county fairgrounds gun shows

The city of Oxnard will likely send a letter asking the Ventura County Fairgrounds board to halt future gun shows. The City Council majority directed staff members on Tuesday to draft such a letter to be approved at a future meeting. Councilwoman Carmen Ramirez, who placed this issue on the agenda, wants the city to take a stance on an event that she calls a promotion of gun culture. But not all of her colleagues agree. By a 6-1 vote, the council agreed that staff time should be spent writing a letter directed to the fair board. But Councilman Bryan MacDonald said staff members are busy enough as it is. “The fair board has made their decision,” MacDonald said. “It’s outside our jurisdiction.” MORE: Gun shows at Ventura County Fairgrounds to continue into 2019, board decides In November, the fairgrounds board voted to allow two gun shows this year at the state-owned property in Ventura. The move prompted the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to draft its own letter stating opposition to such shows. Supervisors also directed the county executive officer to ask the 10 mayors in the county to adopt a similar position. Oxnard Councilman Bert Perello voted for the opposition letter to return to a future agenda but agreed with MacDonald that city staff members already have a lot on their plates. He said he would support consideration of the letter as a courtesy to Ramirez. “It’s not the highest priority of an elected official for the […]

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