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Governor signs law which will ban gun sales at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

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A new law bans gun sales at the Ventura County Fairgrounds after gun show contracts expire.

But, ban is not instant — law allows shows under contract with the fairgrounds by the end of the year to still take place.

The governor has signed into law legislation which will ban gun sales at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Gun shows have been a controversial issue for the fairgrounds during the last few years, especially in the wake mass shootings like the 2018 Borderline Bar and Grill Attack in Thousand Oaks which left 12 people dead.

Democratic Assemblyman Steve Bennett of Ventura, and Democratic State Senator Monique Limon of Santa Barbara sponsored the legislation.

But, the gun shows at the fairgrounds won’t stop immediately. It allows any shows the fairgrounds has under contract by the end of the year to still occur. Law enforcement agencies will still be able to use the fairgrounds for gun buyback programs.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.