Del Mar Fairgrounds Gun and Ammunition Sales Prohibition Approved by State Assembly

Thursday, April 25, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Just two months since introducing his legislation to prohibit gun and ammunition sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) delivered a strong rebuke to the NRA today when the bill successfully passed the State Assembly by a preliminary vote of 48 to 16. Assembly Bill 893 (AB 893), co-authored by Assemblymembers Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas) and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), will now advance to the State Senate for consideration.

Today marks a major step forward for this bill and a major step toward making our communities safer by reducing the number of guns in our neighborhoods,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria, author of AB 893. “The communities around the Del Mar Fairgrounds have been clear: they do not want these gun shows taking place on this state-owned land. With this bill, we are demonstrating that we value people over guns and are putting public safety first.”   

AB 893 would prohibit the sale of guns or firearms anywhere on the Del Mar Fairgrounds property starting 2021. Violation of this prohibition would be punishable by a misdemeanor.

The State of California shouldn’t be in the business of using our public land to join with the firearms industry to profit off the sale of guns and ammo,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), co-author of AB 893.

To date, the bill has 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 registered in opposition. The NRA has actively been encouraging its members to “Act Now.”  

I am a parent raising two young children who has watched mass shooting after mass shooting unfold across the state,” said Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath. “We cannot and should not ignore the public safety impacts gun violence is having on our country today. We should be smart on guns and make sure these weapons are sold in appropriate places to appropriate parties. I am a co-author of AB 893 because it prioritizes the quality-of-life and public safety of our communities and I thank Assemblymember Gloria for his leadership on this important issue.”

With today’s approval by the State Assembly, the bill now heads to the State Senate. Committee hearings in the Senate will be scheduled in the coming weeks.