Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) announced his Senate Bill (SB) 264, which would end the sale of ammunition, guns and ghost guns on state-owned property, passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee. If signed into law, SB 264 would effectively put a stop to most gun shows on county fairgrounds.
“I’m proud our gun violence prevention bill passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee today,” Min said. “Study after study shows more guns in our communities lead to more gun violence. Gun shows not only increase the presence of guns in our communities but also circumvent gun safety laws and encourage the sale of ghost guns — gun precursor parts that are virtually untraceable for law enforcement.
“We are facing tragic and unacceptable levels of gun violence in our state. These are not just statistics, and we cannot simply accept the status quo as normal. California must get out of the business of perpetuating gun violence. I thank our partners who helped us get this bill one step closer to the Governor’s office.”
Min represents Costa Mesa, where the Orange County Fairgrounds are located. The site hosts multiple Crossroads of the West gun shows every year.
Steve Lindley, Program Manager for the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Charles Blek, president of the Orange County chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, provided testimony during the hearing.
The bill heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee next.