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Immediately after a lot more than a decade of efforts by Bay Location Democrats and anti-gun activists, the Cow Palace is dropping gun shows beginning in 2020. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Bending to an extended push from regional Dems and gun manage groups, the board of California’s Cow Palace on Tuesday voted unanimously to cease hosting gun shows.

Positioned just outdoors of San Fransisco, the historic venue is owned by the state Division of Meals and Agriculture, and its board stated this week they will discontinue all gun shows starting Jan. 1, 2020. Cow Palace has been the topic of a quantity of failed bills in the state legislature more than the years — brought by Bay Location lawmakers and backed by groups such as the Brady Campaign — to halt the otherwise preferred shows.

“In establishing this policy the Board is mindful, while not necessarily governed by, the existence of policies prohibiting such shows in the cities of Daly City and San Francisco and the counties of San Mateo and San Francisco as effectively as public input from citizens of these jurisdictions in favor of and opposed to such shows,” the Board said in a statement. “This action in no way shall be taken to indicate that the Board has discovered there to be any improprieties on the component of the promoters of previous gun shows at its facilities.”

Final year, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, vetoed a bill that would have banned gun shows at the state-controlled Cow Palace, saying it was a choice very best left to the regional board. It was the third such veto issued more than the previous decade — going all the way back to the 2009 administration of Gov. Schwarzenegger. State Sen. Scott Wiener has a fresh try presently on file in the state Senate and existing Gov. Gavin Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor, supported previous efforts to shut the Palace’s doors to legal gun shows.

In organization given that 1975, Crossroads of the West holds gun shows at 15 websites in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah all through the year, with the firm saying they attract a lot more website traffic than any other such promoter in the nation. Their subsequent show at the Cow Palace is set for Sept. 21 and 22. As reported by the San Francisco Examiner, gun shows took spot at the venue about 5 occasions a year and brought in some $125,000 in charges for the facility.


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