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Cow Palace Gun Shows Could Be Banned Under New Proposal

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
February 14, 2019 - 2:51 pm

A new version of an old bill that aims to ban gun shows and sales at the Cow Palace has been re-introduced in Sacramento this week despite previous legislative defeats.

Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblyman Phil Ting, both San Francisco Democrats, introduced SB-281 on Wednesday, which seeks not only to ban the weapons shows, but also transfers authority over the city-owned Cow Palace on the Daly City-San Francisco border to a new joint authority.

Previous attempts to ban gun sales at the 68-acre property, formally known as 1-A District Agricultural Association, have been vetoed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown, including one last year and in 2013.  In his vetoes, Brown said the bills would circumvented the authority of Cow Palace's board, which he wanted to avoid.

The new bill, introduced after Gavin Newsom succeeded Brown, seeks to create a joint authority between Daly City, San Francisco, and San Mateo County and remove control from the Palace's current operators, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Fairs and Expositions.

“This legislation will ban these gun shows once and for all,” Wiener said in a statement that criticized the current authority for refusing to negotiate about gun shows. 

The next gun show scheduled for the Cow Palace is on March 16-17 with another planned in September. The promoters of the event, Crossroads of the West Gunshows, say their events attract more than 500,000 attendees nationwide.

Children ages 12 and under can attend the event for free, provided they’re with a parent or guardian.

Besides outlawing such events, the bill also calls for developing the “vast and largely empty land surrounding the Cow Palace into a more community-centered space, including developing housing and mixed-use development,” Wiener’s release said.

“Whether the issue is gun shows or land use, the Board of Directors overseeing the Cow Palace hasn’t listened to the neighborhood. Input from residents almost always falls on deaf ears,” said Ting in a statement. “It’s time to respect local values and pass legislation that empowers our community to make decisions about what type of events and development they want in their own backyard.”

Written by Brian Krans