Sen. Dave Min called on the OC Fair & Event Center board Friday to reverse its vote to approve gun shows at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
The fair board on Thursday voted 5-1, with Ashleigh Aitken dissenting, to approve the Crossroads of the West Gun Show on March 26-28.
The board’s “decision to hold four gun shows this year — during the middle of a pandemic no less — is grossly irresponsible and endangers the lives of Orange County residents,” said Min, D-Irvine.
“The last thing we need in our communities is more gun shows, especially given the many reports of ghost guns and other unlicensed firearms being sold at gun shows,” Min said. “As study after study shows, more guns lead to more gun violence.”
Min added that the board’s decision “was wrong and it endangers our public safety.”
Min said he was “more determined than ever to make sure we enact” a bill prohibiting gun shows on state and county property.
The fair board issued a statement saying, “Crossroads of the West has been holding gun shows at OC Fair & Event Center for more than 30 years without incident. Gun shows remain legal in the state of California. Crossroads of the West must follow all state and federal regulations that apply to the sale and trade of a firearm, including a 10-day cooling off period and background checks. Many of the vendors at this event are family-owned and operated businesses.”