Board votes to end gun shows at Del Mar Fairgrounds after December

DEL MAR, Calif. -- Gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will end after Dec. 31, the state board that runs the venue decided Tuesday.

The nine-member 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, which oversees all activities at the fairgrounds, voted 8-1 to halt the shows after the last one scheduled for December 2018. No new shows would be scheduled until the board develops a new set of policies that would include:

  • an enhanced security and safety plan for the fairgrounds,
  • determining the age appropriateness of gun shows,
  • rules and policies that would let the board audit and monitor gun shows,
  • consideration of a ban on the possession of guns and ammunition at the fairgrounds.

The board directed its staff to develop the new policies by December 2019.

It’s that one suggestion to consider banning guns and ammo on the property altogether that has some like Jill Cooper, with Never Again California, hopeful.

"It’s possible this will cause the gun show to be not as popular as it has been and for me thats a good thing," said Cooper.

While others like Dave Reed, a member of San Diego County Gun Owners, are worried about the future of gun shows in Del Mar.

"There’s no way people are going to pay the $14 or whatever it is to pay to park here at the facility, let alone pay to go into the gun show itself -- the gun show that’s not there," said Reed.