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CRPA Legislation: AB 281 Seeks to Ban Cow Palace Gun Shows

March 28, 2019

Another attack on California gun shows through bad legislation made it through the Senate Governance and & Finance committee yesterday with a crowd in opposition to the bill.

SB 281 (Wiener), has two parts. The first portion of the bill proposes the banning of all gun shows from the bay area’s Daly City Cow Palace. A 68-acre property that hosts several gun shows per year, yielding anywhere from $400,000 to $500,000 per year in profit. A bill to ban gun shows at the Cow Palace has been tried three times before, with each try resulting in a bill failure or veto from the previous governors.

The second portion of the bill transfers the 680-acre facility to the joint power of authority, without compensation. Essentially it would invoke eminent domain over this profitable facility, overthrowing the board that has stood its ground on gun shows staying at the Cow Palace.

Many protested the second portion of the bill, while CRPA stood firm for gun shows to stay at the Cow Palace. Despite our best efforts, the committee voted 4-2 in favor of passing along the bill. Senators Moorlach and Neilsen voted against the bill, while Senator Hertzberg abstained.

Keep up with CRPA on this bill as we fight for your rights and 2A culture throughout the state.

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