The family-owned company that has operated the gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for nearly 30 years failed to overcome growing public concern about gun violence nationwide and questions about its owners’ legal troubles.
The board that oversees activities at the state-owned venue voted 8-1 Tuesday to suspend the shows after Dec. 31 until a policy is developed that could include a complete ban on the possession of any firearms or ammunition.
It may be the first agency in the state to take such action, a remarkable turnaround for a hugely popular event that for decades drew little scrutiny from the board. The directors routinely approved its contracts allowing the exhibition and sale of the latest in high-tech weaponry, accessories, clothing and gear.
Yet, increasingly, they have become a target for gun-safety advocates who have attended board meetings and stood outside the events with signs demanding an end to the shows.
Members of the board said they hoped the decision would serve as a model for other communities struggling with whether to continue the shows and possibly herald a sea change in the public’s appetite for gun shows, especially at state-owned fairgrounds.
“We are not doing our kids any service if we continue this,” said Director Lisa Barkett, before voting for the suspension. “If we come together as a community, maybe we can set the standard for California.”
After Dec. 31, only education events would be allowed
Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Del Mar board votes to suspend fairgrounds gun show up to a year
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