Major Bay Area venue ends long-running annual gun shows

DALY CITY — Elected leaders in the Bay Area are celebrating, after the announcement that a popular venue will no longer host gun shows after 2019.

However, they say this is the first step in a much larger plan.

The Cow Palace has held gun shows here for the past 30 years, but those days are coming to an end.

The Cow Palace’s board of directors have voted to stop all future gun shows starting on January 1st, 2020.

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa has been calling to ban gun shows from the venue since 2009, when he was on the Daly City council.

In February, Democratic state senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Phil Ting introduced legislation to not only end gun shows at the Palace — but to transfer control of the venue to a joint powers authority of San Francisco, Daly City, and San Mateo County.

The new agency will be charged with either re-developing the 68-acre property for new housing and commercial space, or leaving the venue in place.

Meanwhile, Crossroads of the West, the organization that hosts gun shows at the Cow Palace, has this response on their website.

They state their “disappointment” with the ban, and that their shows are in strict compliance with “the same restrictions and regulations as any brick and mortar gun store.”

Crossroads of the west says that “anyone willing to buy a firearm at a gun show must pass a federal background check and comply with the mandatory 10-day waiting period.”

According to The Cow Palace website, Crossroads of the West still has two more scheduled gun shows at the venue before 2020.

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