Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors to Debate Future of Gun Shows

On November 15, the Board of Directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which controls the day-to-day operations of the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County, will hold an open discussion on the use of the fairgrounds by gun shows. The discussion is a direct result of a request from a handful of anti-gun residents demanding the Board to discontinue the use of the Fairgrounds by gun shows.

This isn’t the first time the gun ban lobby has targeted gun shows held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. In 2013, the Del Mar City Council adopted a resolution that urged the Board of Directors to not renew any contract with Crossroads of the West or any other gun show sponsor. But thankfully, the Board of Directors recognized that as a public entity, it cannot discriminate against who can or cannot use the Fairgrounds.

Currently, it is unclear whether or not the Board intends to discuss banning gun shows entirely or simply intends to hold an open discussion on the subject. And we won’t know for certain until the agenda is posted on the Board’s website approximately 10 days prior to the meeting. Given the uncertainty, it is critical that all gun owners and Second Amendment supporters make their voices heard today.

To contact the Board, you can leave a voicemail with Donna O’Leary, executive assistant, at (858) 755-1161, ext. 2200, or by submitting a letter to the Board directly at:

Del Mar Fairgrounds
Board of Directors
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.,
Del Mar, CA 92014

We also encourage all of our members to attend the meeting who are able to do so, which is expected to begin on Tuesday, November 15, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, also located at:

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.,
Del Mar, California 92014

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2 responses to “Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors to Debate Future of Gun Shows

  1. Its really a shame some people don”t trust anybody with a gun. There is no one in this world I personally want to hurt. I just want to be able to protect my loved ones from all the senseless violence in the world today. And don’t worry when me and my wife are sitting next to you and your wife in a movie theater and the next active shooter comes thru I”ll protect you and your wife also. Why don”t you just admit it, its not about safety its about power and control. I’ll bet you wouldn”t pick up a weapon to save your own life let alone the lives of your family because you hate guns. Just give them your money, maybe your car and when they invade your home you can advocate to them about gun violence just before they kill you and your family. I sincerely hope that never happens to you, that would be a hard lesson in life.

  2. here we go again, a few People don’t like Gun shows, so now the majority has to bow to their “likes and dislikes”. I don’t like Boat, Camper, Motor homes or Handicraft shows, so I don’t attend them, but I would not prevent anyone from doing so.
    What the Board is looking at, is the use “Speak” Income for the Fairground for the rest of the year. Will the “Complainers” be willing to offset the loss of Income to the Fairgrounds, I think not. Revenue is created when Public Facilities are utilized for more than one time.
    So called Gun shows have now evolved into Markets for anything but Guns, selling Clothing, Knifes, Flashlights, Binoculars, Crystal Wine Glasses and yes, even Ammunition.
    American Enterprise and Ability at it’s best, allowing the “little People” to participate.

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