Proposed statewide ban on gun shows instead will target only Orange County fairgrounds

Proposed statewide ban on gun shows instead will target only Orange County fairgrounds

Gun enthusiasts check out sporting rifles during Crossroads of the West Gun Show in March at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The scope of a bill that would have banned gun shows from operating on any state-owned property in California was recently narrowed so severely its prohibitions, if approved by the governor, will apply solely to Orange County. State Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) in January introduced Senate Bill 264 as a means of ending a decades-long tradition of county fairgrounds, which largely fall under the jurisdiction of the state as districted agricultural associations, hosting shows where the public can purchase legal firearms. The former UCI law professor set out on a mission to end such sales at the Costa Mesa fairgrounds in 2019 when, days after explaining back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio to his children, during a family fun run at the fairgrounds, he was handed a flier for an upcoming Crossroads of the West gun show. “I thought, ‘This is horrible — why are we doing this at the O.C. fairgrounds?’” Min recalled in an interview Friday. “I made a promise if I was elected, I would end Orange County gun shows.” Customers wait in line to buy ammo during Crossroads of the West Gun Show in March at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Elected to the state Senate in November, Min researched such expos and came to see them as places where vendors had been known to […]

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