A Gun Show Ban Could Be Coming to Santa Clara
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to have county staff draft an ordinance that would ban the sale of firearms on county property. The ban, which was proposed by Supervisor Ken Yeager in response to the recent school shooting in Florida, would effectively end popular biannual gun shows on county fairgrounds.
"This was sort of the first step that we needed to take in this process to make sure that the board was in agreement," said Yeager. "I was very heartened that it got a unanimous vote."
A group of students from Prospect High School in Saratoga attended the board meeting Tuesday. Their involvement is reminiscent of the student activism we’ve seen coming out of Parkland as well.
There is already major pushback against the proposed ban. The Santa Clara County Libertarian Party, as well as a number of second amendment advocacy groups, have spoken out publicly against the proposal.
"To date, we are unaware of a single instance of violence or injury occurring at a gun show on Santa Clara County property," said attorney Matthew Cubeiro of Michel and Associates, P.C., which represents the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association. "Any argument that California gun shows are under-regulated lacks any factual support and is without merit."
A proposed ordinance is expected to come up for consideration sometime spring.