9/28 – Gun show actions

  • Action #1: Tuesday – 9/28/2021 – VIRTUAL MEETING – ”Ventura County Fairgrounds Board Meeting – Gun Shows” (9:00am PDT) Finished.
  • Action #2: Ask Governor Newsom to sign SB 264 into law.
  • Action #3: Ask our federal legislators to do their job on regulating ghost guns.

Action #1: Tuesday – 9/28/2021 – VIRTUAL MEETING – ”Ventura County Fairgrounds Board Meeting – Gun Shows” (9:00am PDT)

UPDATE: BOARD HAD VOTED TO APPROVE ONE MORE SHOW, with the caveat that unserialized components that can be formed into ghost guns not be sold, and that an employee under the control of the Fair Board monitor this requirement during the show.

Here is their agenda. (https://www.venturacountyfair.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/September-Board-Packet.pdf)

Action #2: Ask Governor Newsom to sign SB 264 into law.

SB-264 “Firearms: the OC Fair and Event Center,” a bill that prevents the Orange County fairgrounds from being used by gunshows, has passed the CA legislature and is sitting on Governor Newsom’s desk.

This bill, which was coauthored by Senators Min, Becker, Glazer, Wiener and our own Monique Limón, was originally intended to end the sale of ammunition, guns and ghost guns on all state-owned property. Stated Min:

The principle of this bill is a pretty simple one. The state of California should not be profiting from the sale of guns.”

He supports the Second Amendment, he said, but the country is “in the midst of a terrible crisis” with gun violence.

“The cost of these gun shows to society are much, much larger than the incremental revenues that these fairgrounds might get,” Min said. “Most guns used in violence were at least originally purchased legally. The idea that we are using taxpayer owned property to sell more guns … is astonishing.”

Min’s original legislation would have banned gun shows on all California state property, but he said a “hostile amendment” was added that limits the law to Orange County. He plans to continue working toward a statewide ban.

Minimum script: I writing/[calling from zip code] to ask Governor Newsom to sign SB-264. However, the same issues implicit to gun shows at the Orange County fairgrounds apply to all the other CA venues as well. Meanwhile, CA has no meaningful regulation of dangerous ghost guns parts under AB 879/SB 118 until 2022. It’s time to stop pretending that gun shows are no-fault family entertainment equivalent to county fairs and craft shows. Governor Newsom – stop the use of all tax-payer supported facilities for this use statewide.

Contact:

Governor Gavin Newsom: email, (916) 445-2841 

Action #3: Ask our federal legislators to do their job on regulating ghost guns.

Adjust the script as necessary depending on what your representative has or hasn’t cosponsored…

Minimum script: I calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to cosponsor and support two bills (H.R. 3088 – Untraceable Firearms Act, H.R.1454 – Ghost Guns are Guns Act, and H.R. 3299 – Protecting our Communities Act, which designate ghost guns and their parts as firearms subject to regulation.

  • H.R. 3088 – Untraceable Firearms Act of 2021 – current cosponsors here. (Brownley has signed, Carbajal hasn’t.)
  • H.R.1454 – Ghost Guns are Guns Act – current cosponsors here. (Brownley has signed, Carbajal hasn’t.)
  • H.R. 3299 – Protecting our Communities Act – current cosponsors here. (Neither Brownley nor Carbajal have signed.

Contact:

  • Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email, DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
  • or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
  • Who is my representative/senator?: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

Resources:

  • (Everytown) Untraceable – The Rising Specter of Ghost Guns
  • (vpc.org) Ghost Guns
  • (giffords) Ghost Guns
  • (whitehouse.gov) Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety
  • (the conversation) What are ‘ghost guns,’ a target of Biden’s anti-crime effort?

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