Action Needed: Gun Shows May Be Banned at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds

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They are doing it again! Another assault is taking place against our First Amendment and Second Amendment rights. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors just voted 5 to 0 for having the county attorneys work on banning sales or even possession of firearms on county property.

News Reporting Supervisors’ Misguided Statements

The Mountain View Voice reported:

Ken Yeager, the former president of the board of supervisors, said many of his constituents are alarmed by billboards advertising local gun shows.

Billboards and signs posted all over advertising gun shows have been around for years without terrifying people. Now I could see that someone who had a billboard blocking their view of the pristine skyline would be alarmed no matter what was on the billboard, but not about gun shows specifically. Plus advertisements on billboards are protected First Amendment rights.

The Mercury News reported:

“It seems like these mass shootings are happening way too frequently,” Supervisor Ken Yeager said in his proposal to the board, noting that the Florida shooting came just days after the county hosted a gun show at the fairgrounds. “I received a number of calls from residents who were very distressed we were making a connection between gun shows and the county fairgrounds.”

Well, well, well! Yeager is attempting to tie gun shows to mass shootings. The gun show in Florida had nothing to do with the (alleged) tragic murders by an evil person. In fact no shootings have been tied to gun shows in Santa Clara County. There is no “gun show loophole in California. You can’t buy and walk away with any handgun or rifle at a gun show here. You must go through a background check AND a 10-day waiting period!

ABC7 News reported:

[I]n order to do so the ordinance would be more expansive, banning guns from all county properties…. The county tried to ban gun shows at the fairgrounds in the 1990’s, but it was overturned in the courts. District 4 Supervisor Ken Yeager’s new effort aims to avoid those hang-ups. “Even though guns are banned from county buildings, they’re not banned from all county property like parking lots, parks and the fairgrounds,” Yeager said.

So Councilman Yeager is looking to bypass the court ruling already issued concerning this matter.

The courts already ruled on the same thing for gun shows in Alameda County Fairgrounds. The CRPA reported on the length of time gun show owners Russ and Sallie Nordyke had to endure before being able to hold their gun shows there. They said “Over the next 13 years, the case bounced around the trial and appellate courts, in both the state and federal court systems.” BTW, Don Kilmer Family Law and Second Amendment attorney led this valiant fight for all those years.

KTVU FOX2 Reported

He said Santa Clara County came close to its own tragedy in 2001, when a 19-year-old De Anza College student was arrested for creating an elaborate mass-bombing plot in Cupertino.

WOW! Councilman Yeager even raises emotional sympathy by pulling in a totally unrelated plot that has nothing to do with firearms. Also it happened nearly 17 years ago.

What We Can Do

Contact the Santa Clara Supervisors below, particularly your own supervisor if you live in the County of Santa Clara and try to nicely educate them.

“The researchers analyzed data from Texas and California, chosen because they are the nation’s two most populated states, have large numbers of gun shows, and are at opposite ends of the spectrum regarding gun show regulation. California has some of the most aggressive gun show regulations, including background checks for all gun show purchasers and a 10-day waiting period to obtain the firearm. Texas has no similar regulations… Researchers looked at the gun-related deaths in the weeks immediately after gun shows and actually found a small decline in the number of homicides following shows in Texas.” [California showed no connection either.]

  • Gun shows are protected by the First Amendment with the “right of the people peaceably to assemble” (like meet at a gun show) to discuss firearms and the Second Amendment as guaranteed by “freedom of speech” in this amendment.
  • Gun shows are also protected by the Second Amendment: “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms”.
  • Billboards are protected by the First Amendment’s freedom of speech clause.

Be sure to be civil and voice your opinion using the above information as a guide. You can find the Santa Clara Councilmembers contact information below.

Call and Email Today!

 Mike Wasserman – District 1

Part of San Jose), The Town of Los Gatos, The City of Monte Sereno, The City of Morgan Hill, The City of Gilroy, Unincorporated areas in Santa Clara County
Map
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5010
Email: mike.wasserman@bos.sccgov.org

 

Cindy Chavez – District 2

Part of San Jose
Map
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5020
Email: cindy.chavez@bos.sccgov.org

 

Dave Cortese – District 3

Milpitas, Santa Clara, parts of Sunnyvale, parts of San Jose
Map
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
​Phone: (408) 299-5030
Fax: (408) 298-6637
Email: dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org

 

Ken Yeager – District 4

Santa Clara, Campbell, much of west San Jose, and the unincorporated Cambrian and Burbank districts
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70 West Hedding
East Wing, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5040
Fax: (408) 299-2038
Email: supervisor.yeager@bos.sccgov.org

 

Joe Simitian – District 5

Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Stanford, part of West San Jose, part of Sunnyvale
Map (PDF)
70 West Hedding Street, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5050
Fax: (408) 280-0418
Email: supervisor.simitian@bos.sccgov.org

 

 

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