Fairgrounds effectively shuts down California gun show (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
A local agricultural board this week decided not to renew the contract for a long-running San Diego area gun show.
The 22nd Agricultural Board voted 8-1 on Tuesday to postpone adding future shows in the Del Mar Fairgrounds until after the end of the year as it reviews the contract with the Crossroads of the West gun show, which has called the venue its home for the past three decades. Board member Richard Valdez said they received input from several in the community including those in Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach, and the board will weigh having guns present at future events past the two scheduled for later this year.
“The recommendation is to prohibit the presence of the guns on the fairgrounds, consistent with every other event, consistent with state law, that the guns will not be allowed on the fairgrounds premises, by folks who attend, by vendors,” Valdez said.
Targeted by local activists for the past several years, gun show organizers hold they run a legal show and meet all requirements and mandates. Local Second Amendment groups have presented the fairgrounds operators with thousands of signed petitions urging them to keep the gun show intact.
“The 22nd Agricultural Board has voted