Gloria Bill Prohibiting Gun and Ammunition Sales at Del Mar Fairgrounds Earns Key Approval in State Senate

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Gloria Secures Another Victory for Public Safety & Gun Sense, Defeats NRA in Senate Public Safety Committee

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California State Senate’s Public Safety Committee advanced legislation by California State Asssemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that would prohibit the sale of guns and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Despite opposition from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the gun lobby, Assembly Bill 893 (AB 893) earned the Committee’s approval by a vote of five to two.

This is another win for gun sense and making our communities safer,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Gun violence continues to plague our nation on a daily basis. We must acknowledge the inextricable link between the number of guns in our communities and the amount of gun violence we see. This bill addresses this reality, abides by the concerns of the community, and helps ensure the State is not allowing or profiting off gun sales on public land. In California, we value people over guns and this bill makes that clear.”

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.

To date, the bill has 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.”

With the Committee’s approval, AB 893 now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.