Gloria Bill to Prohibit Gun and Ammunition Sales at Del Mar Fairgrounds Clears Legislature, Heads to Governor

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Assemblymember Gloria Successfully Advances Bill to Restrict Gun Shows at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Make Communities Safer

SACRAMENTO, CA – Despite heavy opposition from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the gun lobby, the bill author ed by California State Asssemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to prohibit the sale of guns and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds received its final legislative approval today and has been sent to Governor Gavin Newsom.   

This is a victory for gun sense and making our communities safer in San Diego,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “This bill is about offering more than thoughts and prayers. It’s about policy and action and listening to the communities around the Fairgrounds who no longer want these events taking place. In California, we value people over guns and this bill makes that clear. I urge Governor Newsom to sign AB 893 bill into law.”

Assembly Bill 893 (AB 893) would prohibit the sale of guns or ammunition anywhere on the Del Mar Fairgrounds property starting in 2021. Violation of this prohibition would be punishable by a misdemeanor.

Throughout the legislative process, the bill received heavy opposition from the gun lobby with the NRA, Gun Owners of California, and the California Rifle and Pistol Association all registered in opposition. The NRA has actively been encouraging its members to “Act Now.”

AB 893 is co-authored by San Diego-area Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas).

Governor Newsom has until October 13 to sign or veto legislation on his desk.