As reported last week, federal district court judge Cathy Bencivengo dealt a severe blow to anti-gun forces by issuing an order in the CRPA and NRA supported lawsuit titled B&L Productions v. 22nd District Agricultural Association prohibiting the Del Mar Fair Board from enforcing a recently enacted ban on gun shows. Today, the effects of that decision are being felt for a second time, this time during a special meeting before the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors.
At 9 a.m. this morning, a special meeting was held on “Gun Show Policy” to discuss whether the Ventura County Fairgrounds would continue to hold or prohibit gun shows on county property. During that meeting, the recent decision by Judge Bencivengo took center stage, with one Board member reading portions of the opinion to illustrate why the Board must protect the constitutional rights of gun owners, by not arbitrarily restricting those rights or treating gun shows differently than other types of lawful gatherings.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Fair Board voted to continue to allow gun shows with existing contracts but will be looking at ways to increase safety and security in the future.
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Fake news from the NRA! (what a surprise) What ACTUALLY happened at last Thursday’s meeting was that a motion to adopt a policy allowing gun shows to continue in perpetuity FAILED by a 4-4 tie vote. The three shows scheduled for the rest of 2019 will go forward, but under new restrictions that also were passed during the meeting — including a requirement that all guns on display, including ones within cases, be cabled into place to prevent theft or misuse. Employees and vendors also are now prohibited from consuming alcohol on the premises, and the shows must feature training on gun safety. Further regulations are promised for the future, if shows are allowed to continue on a case-by-case basis.
The Fair Board may end up continuing to allow Crossroads of the West to hold shows in Ventura beyond 2019. But last Thursday’s vote made clear that at half the board members recognize the negative effect on the fairgrounds’ reputation — particularly with younger residents of the county — that comes from hosting gun shows. Hopefully the last show of 2019 will be the last one at the fairgrounds, period.
Unreal that this is even an issue…