Shirley King | Avenida Primavera
Gun shows at the Cow Palace are targeted to come to an end now that Senate Bill 475 has passed both Houses of the State Legislature and has been signed by Governor Brown. SB 475 confers authority to the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo and the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco to approve any contract or event at which a firearm or ammunition is sold on the property or in the buildings that comprise the Cow Palace property in San Mateo County and the City and County of San Francisco – a legislative decision long-awaited by the Boards.
The Cow Palace, officially the 1-A District Agricultural Association, a State agency of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Fairs and Expositions shares the same state mandate as the San Diego County 22nd District Agricultural Association. - hosting fairs, expositions, and exhibitions to highlight various industries, enterprises, resources, and products of the State. For many years gun shows operated by Crossroads of the West have held weekend shows five to six times each year at both Fairgrounds. Until now local authority has had no influence over the Fair Boards’ decisions to host these shows despite the strong public opposition and the community concerns about the immediate public safety.
Now it is up to the will of the local governing bodies (Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, San Diego) as surrounding communities of the 22nd District Agricultural Association to assess the determination of their constituents to support a Resolution that will propel our Board of Supervisors to a similar position. Both State Assemblywoman Toni Atkins and State Senator Marty Block, our District’s representatives voted in favor of SB 475. It is up to us to convince them to do the same for their own jurisdiction.