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04-09-2009, 1:30 PM
Ok folks, time to make 'em feel the pain.

Light up those phone boards.

This information is accurate at the time this CAL-ERT was written and originally distributed. The scheduled times and dates for hearings are subject to change, by the legislature, with little or no advance notice. The NRA Members' Councils of California (http://www.calnra.com/index.shtml) will keep you informed as the legislative situation changes in Sacramento.


SB585 (http://nramemberscouncils.com/legs.shtml?summary=sb585.1&year=2009) (Leno) – GUN SHOW BAN This bill would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace and would thereby make a violation of that prohibition a misdemeanor. This bill would ban having a gun show at the Cow Palace, which is a state owned facility in the South San Francisco area. If it passes, it will likely be expanded to ban gun shows on any public property, such as fairgrounds, throughout the State. It is a major attack on the right of sportsmen and other firearms owners to assemble, communicate with each other, and to purchase new, used and collectible firearms, accessories and sporting supplies.

STATUS: Hearing scheduled in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Facts regarding SB585:

Law enforcement fears that the lack of the gun show would drive firearms sales underground due to the lack of a the gun show as a regulated location for such sales to take place.

The unfair lack of access to this publicly-owned venue restricts the First Amendment Rights of many thousands of attendees who have done nothing wrong and should not have to endure such censorship.

The gun show promoters, including Crossroads of the West (who produce the show at the Cow Palace) worked with law enforcement, the state fair board and others, in support of AB295 several years ago. AB295 provided protections, including event operation under the strict scrutiny of law enforcement, at all gun shows in the state.

Gun show promoters in California, including Crossroads of the West, have a close working relationship with law enforcement agencies (at all levels) due to the nature of cooperation that exists at gun shows, such as the one at the Cow Palace.

California has the toughest gun show laws of any state in the nation. Currently, California's gun shows are monitored by local, state, and federal enforcement agencies and all firearms transactions are required to be processed by dealers who possess federal, state, and local licenses.

Buying a firearm at a gun show is no different than going to a firearms dealer's store. All firearms transactions occur only after a comprehensive background check that includes a 10-day waiting period before a firearm can be delivered to the new owner. SB585 is an attempt by anti-firearms rights activists to find more creative ways to discourage people from owning firearms! Like most such bills, it would have no impact on criminals, just on lawful individuals!

Please note: As a major gun show promoter throughout California, Crossroads of the West Gun Shows (Bob and Lynn Templeton) have been STRONG NRA supporters for more than twenty years. Their efforts to support the NRA have resulted in the recruitment/retention of tens-of-thousands of NRA members throughout this time. And as we all know, this is California -- a battleground state for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and every NRA member is important to the survival of the Second Amendment.

Immediate Action requested: LET'S RAMP-UP THE PRESSURE!!!

Please CALL, FAX, and EMAIL the legislators. All three methods of communication are effective and we must demonstrate a broad-based effort.
If you are located within the Sacramento Area, please consider attending the Senate Public Safety Committee hearing (held in the State Capitol) on Tuesday, April 14th and voice your opposition to SB585.

Contact Information:
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04-09-2009, 1:34 PM
I thought this is what the whole Nordyke thing was about? so they're trying to pass a new law even though there is pending court decision on exactly the same thing?

WOW!! Glad our legislators are using out tax dollars wisely! :thumbsup:

04-09-2009, 1:43 PM
Done. That "one" shot e-mailing thing is nice.

Text of my note:

"Dear Senator:

It has come to my attention that Mr. Leno has once again introduced a bill that would put a stop to the Gun Show(s) held at the Cow Palace.

I am strongly against this for a variety of reasons, chiefly because it is a public place and therefore should be open to public events, even if it is something that political idealogues oppose.

Further, it will not be long before Heller is incorporated to the states, so, barring a hitlist of lawsuits in the meantime, the ban will ultimately be challenged under Heller. I have to wonder who will explain to the taxpayers the millions of dollars the City, County and State will have to spend in THESE times to defend these lawsuits, particularily when the outcome is most likely and obviously in favor of the plaintiffs."

04-09-2009, 2:37 PM
I sent an email

heres what i wrote:

Dear Senator,

I am against Senate Bill 585 because there is a case in the United States Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit pending that will incorporate the Second Amendment. The problem is that the case was based on gun shows therefore making them constitutionally protected should the Ninth Circuit rule in favor of the plaintiffs, and I am certain the same people will seek judicial action to deem this bill unconstitutional costing this state money that it cannot afford to lose in this climate of recession and budget deficits.

04-09-2009, 2:57 PM
They won't have to explain the lawsuit defense funds. They don't give a crap about how much of our money they waste and will raise taxes, sell bonds to pay for it. They will not suffer anywhere near as bad as their constituents do.

04-09-2009, 3:02 PM
I sent mine too

04-09-2009, 5:28 PM
Glad to see you guys are up on this (I knew you would be :) ).

This is the kind of bull-oney that really chaps my hide. In a state where taxes were raised, and good (school, and otherwise) programs cut due to overspending of our elected officials the last thing we our elected officials should be doing is wasting our money on a bill doomed to fail (I was at the Nordyke trial). This appears to be the same thing Alameda tried. WTF???