DEL MAR, Calif. -- Gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds could end after Dec. 31 under a proposal to be considered Tuesday by the board that runs the state-owned property, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday.
Safety must be the top priority at the public facility, said Steven Shewmaker, president of the nine-member 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, which oversees all activities at the fairgrounds.
An incident a week ago sharpened the focus on safety at the Del Mar venue, when a disgruntled customer unable to get a ticket to a rap concert pulled out a handgun and began shooting. Deputies quickly returned fire, wounding the man before he hit anyone.
“It just reinforces the need for improved security,” Shewmaker said Friday of the incident.
More extensive precautions, including a possible ban on all firearms, will be considered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at a fair board meeting that’s been moved from the usual headquarters on the fairgrounds to the nearby Surfside Race Place off-track betting facility to accommodate the expected crowd. Additional security also will be provided, Shewmaker said.