Potential State Bill Pushes OC Fair Officials to Talk Future of Gun Shows and ‘Ghost Guns’

Potential State Bill Pushes OC Fair Officials to Talk Future of Gun Shows and ‘Ghost Guns’

Welcome sign at the OC Fair on July 11 2021. Credit: LUPITA HERRERA, Voice of OC Orange County Fair officials may rush to pre-approve the contracts for its annual gun shows to take place next year before the implementation of a proposed state law which would, if passed, target and ban that very event. On top of that, fair officials may seek to address some public outcry over such events by prohibiting parts used to make “ghost guns” — firearms assembled with parts or kits that don’t have traceable serial numbers — from any future gun shows at the fairgrounds. The OC Fair’s Governor-appointed Board of Directors is set to discuss all of this at a Monday special meeting, which will be held over Zoom. Here’s a link to the meeting agenda , which includes instructions for accessing the meeting. At the heart of the issue is a bill that sits on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, which would ban gun and ammunition sales at the OC Fair, introduced by state Senator Dave Min (D-Westminster) who has been vocally critical of gun shows at the fairgrounds. OC Fair staff in a report attached to Monday’s meeting point to an exemption in the bill’s applicability for “any rental agreements that are in place prior to the bill’s effective date” of January 1, 2022 . Crossroads of the West Gun Shows, the company which has run the fairgrounds gun shows for 25 years, has requested the Fair Board “consider pre-approving its rental […]

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