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New proposal calls for state action to ban gun shows at Ventura County fairgrounds

Jay Rembert
Two state legislators are proposing a ban on gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Issue has been a controversial one for fairgrounds.

Two state legislators serving the Central and South Coasts have stepped into the controversy over whether gun shows should be held at a county fairgrounds in the region.

Democratic State Senator Monique Limon of Santa Barbara and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Bennett of Ventura say they will introduce legislation to ban gun sales at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

It’s been an issue in the region since the 2018 Borderline Bar and Grill attack in Thousand Oaks which left 12 people dead. It put a new local spotlight on the gun violence issue.

It was a heated issue for the fair’s Board of Directors. Some members of the community called for a ban on the shows, while others contended they are conducted safely, and are important revenue sources for the fairgrounds. The directors ultimately allowed the shows to continue.