Gloria Bill to Prohibit Gun and Ammunition Sales at Del Mar Fairgrounds Moves Forward

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Gloria’s Push to Make Communities Safer by Reducing Number of Guns on the Street Receives Key Approval despite NRA Opposition

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee approved legislation authored by California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that would prohibit the sale of guns and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, marking the first key approval for the bill. Assembly Bill 893 now advances to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  

This is an important step for the safety of our communities, especially those around the Fairgrounds who have made clear they do not want these gun shows on this public property,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Gun violence is plaguing our nation – and there is an undeniable link between the gun violence we see and the number of guns in our communities. AB 893 will reduce the number of guns in our communities and put public safety first.”

AB 893 would prohibit the sale of guns or firearms anywhere on the Del Mar Fairgrounds property. AB 893 would make violation of this prohibition punishable by a misdemeanor. If signed into law, gun and ammo sales would no longer be permitted at the Fairgrounds starting in 2021.

At today’s hearing, more than a dozen San Diegans traveled to the Capitol to urge the committee support AB 893. The bill received heavy opposition from the gun lobby with the National Rifle Association (NRA), Gun Owners of California, and the California Rifle and Pistol Association all speaking in opposition.

AB 893 is co-authored by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas). The full text of the bill can be found here.