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Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager Proposes Banning Gun Shows

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    Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager Proposes Banning Gun Shows

    Twice a year, on average, guns flood the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds for a gun show, now County Supervisor, Ken Yeager, wants to ban those events. Ian Cull reports. (Published Friday, March 2, 2018)

    Twice a year, on average, guns flood the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds for a gun show. County Supervisor Ken Yeager wants to put an end to those events.

    “All of us are trying to figure out ways that we can lower the level [of] guns and gun violence,” said Yeager.

    He wants to ban gun shows at the fairgrounds and gun possession on other county-owned lands such as parks. Yeager says something must be done after the most recent mass shooting, to keep more guns off of South Bay streets.

    "The primary mission of the county is the health and welfare of our residents,” he said. “It seems to me it's very counterproductive to have something like a gun show where you can buy and sell guns at a county facility.”

    The Bay Area hosts a number of gun shows annually. The Cow Palace, which is on state land in Daly City, hosts several a year despite the efforts of San Mateo County Supervisors and the next gun show is in April.

    Allen Stevens of San Jose said he’d rather see gun sales and shows be regulated than stopped.

    “If you're a registered gun owner, if you're doing everything properly through the requirements in order to own a firearm, I don't see what the problem is,” Stevens said.

    The company scheduled to host a gun show on the fairgrounds in November did not get back to NBC Bay Area Friday.

    Yeager says the last gun show in early February only brought in about $6,000 for the county.

    The Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss the proposal on Tuesday. 

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