To: Ventura County Fairgrounds Board, Barbara Quaid CEO

Stop Gunshows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

State agencies should not promote and profit from the proliferation of guns and ammunition. The state-owned Ventura County Fairgrounds should stop renting out its facilities to gun shows.

Why is this important?

A network of anti-gun activists has asked the Ventura County Fairgrounds board to stop hosting gun shows. We are concerned about the influence that billboard marketing and the gun shows themselves have on our communities. The majority of the fair board does not agree.

It's time for the Ventura County Fairgrounds to stop hosting gun shows. No State agency should promote and profit from the proliferation of firearms. (Thank you Cow Palace activists!)

Five gun shows are hosted every year at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, a state-owned property run by board members appointed by the CA governor. The fairgrounds are owned and managed by a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Each show features hundreds of tables where firearms are bought, sold, and traded. The gun shows are also marketed to children -- admission free for children under age 12.


Reasons for signing

  • We need to enforce current gun laws, pass sensible gun laws, and educate the USA on all the laws.
  • Ventura County has many residents who were either affected directly or know someone who was affected by the Las Vegas shooting & the Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks. Speaking personally, a friend's husband survived the Las Vegas shooting, and he's not been the same since. They joined a support group. He's too personally damaged to even take part in any anti-gun activism. We also have a friend in law enforcement who had to be on site for days at both the Las Vegas shooting and the Bor...
  • I am sad and frightened by the huge amount of unnecessary deaths by firearms and YOU, the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board, CAN BE THE HEROS to help prevent these deaths from happening again. Gun shows are not currently set up to insure the proper checks to make sure that guns are not in the hands of the mentally unstable. There is no reason that a system can't be in place for background checks at these shows, and as long as there isn't, YOU, the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board, will take th...