Gloria Aims To Make Communities Safer, Proposes Bill Banning Gun & Ammo Sales at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gloria Puts Forward Legislation to Reduce Number of Guns in Neighborhoods, Says Public Safety is Paramount

SAN DIEGO, CA – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) is looking to make neighborhoods in the San Diego region safer by reducing the number of guns on the streets and in our communities. At a press conference today, Assemblymember Gloria announced his introduction of Assembly Bill 893 – legislation that would ban the sale of guns and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

This legislation is about making our communities safer,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “There is an ever apparent link between the gun violence we see virtually every week and the number of guns in our communities. Additionally, the State of California should not be profiting or benefiting from the sale of firearms. This bill demonstrates that we value people over guns and public safety above all.”

The Del Mar Fairgrounds is a state-owned property managed and operated by the 22nd District Agricultural Association. Under AB 893, the Association would be prohibited from authorizing or allowing the sale of any firearm or ammunition on the property or the buildings that make up the Del Mar Fairgrounds.   

Last year, the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors was embroiled in discussions about whether to ban gun shows at the state-owned property. The cities surrounding the Fairgrounds – namely, the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach – all passed resolutions supporting an end to the gun shows. Then-Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom also submitted a letter to the Board calling for an end to the gun shows. Assemblymember Gloria indicated his preparedness to introduce legislation on the matter.

In September, the Board voted to postpone gun shows for up to one year while it evaluated the issue further. This was done just days after a disgruntled customer at the Fairgrounds brandished a handgun and began shooting.

Last spring, as a member of the Encinitas City Council, I voted in favor of a resolution supporting the Del Mar City Council in their effort to remove gun shows from their fairgrounds,” said Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath, co-author of AB 893. “Today, I stand behind that position and alongside my colleague Assemblymember Todd Gloria, in full support of AB 893, which would eliminate the sale of firearms at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  This is a public safety issue and the State should not be in the business of facilitating the sale of guns and ammunition on our public lands.”

Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas), Del Mar City Councilmember Dwight Worden, and Rose Ann Sharp from Never Again CA joined Assemblymember Gloria today for the announcement of AB 893.

"Big thanks to Todd Gloria for addressing an issue that has troubled our community for decades --the sale of guns and ammo on public property at the Del Mar Fairgrounds,” said Del Mar City Councilmember Dwight Worden. “How we use our public property reflects our values as a society. The fairgrounds exist to promote agriculture, horse events, community activities, and events for families and children. The promotion of guns and ammo is not appropriate for this public property and Todd's bill will fix that."

We asked Todd Gloria to help protect our communities and he did. He listened and he acted,” said Rose Ann Sharp of Never Again CA. “This concise, clear legislation goes to the heart of the issue: the state does not belong in the business of promoting and profiting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition sold on state-owned property. The state does belong in the business of making our communities safe.”

The bill is currently pending referral to the appropriate Assembly committees for review and could be on the Governor’s desk by this fall.

If AB 893 is signed into law, gun sales would no longer be permitted on the Fairgrounds starting in 2021. Violation of the law would be generally punishable by a misdemeanor.