Friday, March 13, 2009

SB 585 - Gun Sales Prohibited at the Cow Palace

SB 585 introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D - District 3, San Francisco) would prohibit gun sales at a popular event venue in the Bay Area, the Cow Palace. Here is the operative part of the legislation:

SECTION 1. Section 4132 is added to the Food and Agricultural
Code, to read:
4132. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no officer,
employee, operator, or any lessee of District 1-A as defined in
Section 3853 may contract for, authorize, or allow, the sale of any
firearm or ammunition on the property or in the buildings that
comprise the Cow Palace property in San Mateo County and the City and
County of San Francisco or any successor or additional property
owned, leased, or otherwise occupied or operated by the district.
Two things are interesting to me about this:

First, it attempts to get around the problems being hashed out in the Nordyke case by not banning possession of firearms, just the sales of firearms and ammunition. Second, this act amends the Food and Agricultural code, not the Penal code, for reasons that are unclear to me.

One might think that is intended to eliminate gun shows at the Cow Palace, and thereby close the "gun show loophole" The irony of this is that all transfers, private and dealer sales, must go through a dealer in this state, so there is no "loophole" to close in this state.

Mark Leno seems to simply dislike gun shows.


Anonymous said...

Mark leno hs no clue.that part of the city has enouggh crime.But ban gun shows.He's crasy.I'm a gun owner and i'll just go out of state to buy my guns and not give a flying f bout what california laws are .Mark leno and the idiots in our senate have no f"n clue... nUFF sAID

Anonymous said...

They should just sell Cow Palace, just for the money for the state - and that area could use a revival. And as far as shows goes, go somewhere else that's friendlier to gun owners... maybe San Mateo fairground?

However, I think we gun owners should focus our efforts on stopping AB 962 by asking the governor veto the thing. There are other ways to control the flow of ammo, but if this new law pass, the restriction would be extreme servere - which is quite ridicious if you ask me.

BTW, I often label myself as a hard-core liberal. However, I also believe in logic and many of my fellow liberals seem to lack these days. And as a gun collector/owner, I absolutely oppose any more idiotic laws that limited what I see as a "fair use" of fire arms and 2rd amendment... maybe this is what Charles Heston felt.....