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Daily Action: End Gun Shows at Ventura Co. Fairgrounds

November 27, 9 a.m., Derby Club, 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura — gather in parking lot beginning at 8 a.m.

Ventura County Fair Board: (805) 648-3376
Email VC Fairgrounds CEO Barbara Quaid:

Hello! I live in _____________, and I’m calling/emailing to ask that the Fair Board decline to renew its contract with Crossroads of the West Gun Shows. I believe that you should end all gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, which are a state-owned property. As a taxpayer, I believe that no state agency should promote or profit from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition. Beyond the general public-health concerns, studies have shown that advertisements for firearms are detrimental to the well-being of the children who see them. You should make it your responsibility to replace these gun shows with other events that will support our 31st Agricultural District. Thank you!


November’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks brought home the destructive consequences of America’s lax gun policies and enforcement — even in California, where strict gun laws (such as the “gun violence restraining order” that might have stopped the Borderline gunman) too often are misunderstood, mis-applied or ignored by police. In the wake of our tragedy, it is clearer than ever that our state government should not be hosting gun shows on public property — particularly when we know that the gunman in last year’s Las Vegas shooting, in which 58 lives were lost, purchased ammunition including armor-piercing bullets at Crossroads of the West Gun Shows.

Alameda, Los Angeles, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties all have banned gun shows on public property. On the other hand, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s final acts in office on September 30 was his veto of a ban on gun shows at the state-owned Cow Palace in San Francisco.

During a contentious meeting of the Ventura County Fair Board on September 25, Conejo Valley resident Bob Weiss — whose daughter Veronika was among the victims in the Isla Vista mass shooting in 2014 — was heckled and booed by NRA members as he described his daughter’s murder and pleaded for action by the board. The Fair Board’s next meeting is scheduled for November 27 at 9 a.m. in the fairgrounds’ Derby Club building, 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura. A vote is expected on renewing Crossroads’ contract for 2019.