More than a decade after gun shows were banned on Los Angeles County-owned property, a San Francisco lawmaker is hoping to achieve the same goal for the Cow Palace in Daly City, which saw a record turnout of firearms buyers and sellers convene in January.
Three bills have been introduced in recent years to ban gun shows at the Cow Palace, but two did not make it out of the Legislature while the other was vetoed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Now, state Sen Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that he thinks would less directly achieve the same goal. The Cow Palace sits on state land straddling San Mateo and San Francisco counties. His SB 475 would allow gun shows at the facility only if they were approved by the boards of supervisors of both counties.
"There is a history of both county boards passing unanimous resolutions urging the state to ban them," Leno said of the gun shows. Holding such shows at the Cow Palace "is not the desire of the communities that surround it," he said.