04-10-2009, 5:11 PM
So I got this message forwarded to me and didn't see a thread already on this but think it might be something that every member of this forum should review if true. Again I just found this and it appears that it's going to happen.

"It opens the door for laws banning firearms on any public property they so designate, as did Alameda County.

Tell San Francisco's Assemblyman Mark Leno No to closing the only decent sized gun show left in the bay area.

The illegal use of firearms and the other violence in the adjacent 'projects' have nothing to do with the Cow Palace Gun Show
or the law abiding citizens that attend that show.

If Leno and his ilk can scape goat us there and succeed they will establish a pattern of blaming us for the violence they can't control in SF, Oakland, Richmond and elsewhere. That is the start of the slippry slope of banning all guns.

Let's stop it here. Whether or not you ever attend a gun show it does affect 'your guns'

Go to www.calnra.com/legs.shtml and write the simple emails that we have stopped most of the gun control laws presented since 2003 with.

Look at the archives of the bills since 2003 and you'll see that a small number of the states total 10 million gun owners have been and continue to be successfull.

But the bills keep coming back because not enough of that 10 million know we can win, and join there voices to those few doing most of the work now. If everyone does the 'tell 10 people to tell 10 people' bit we can intimidate them with our numbers.

But it won't ever get better if you don't insist your friends, gun owners or not, help us fight these never ending misplaced assualts on we, the law abiding gun owners."

"CAL-ERT 04/09/09 --- NOON
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 will keep you informed as the legislative situation changes in Sacramento.

SB585 (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:
Senate Public Safety Committee: A complete listing of all of the members of the Senate Public Safety Committee phone/fax/email information can be found HERE . Also, you can send a single email to each of the Senate Public Safety Committee Members by using the special "ONE CLICK" email address that you can find HERE . By sending one email to the special "ONE CLICK" address, each one of the Senate Public Safety Committee Members will receive a copy of your message (so it is probably a good idea to address your messages with: Dear Senator,).