DALY CITY — “This action is deemed to be within the proper exercise of discretion of the Board to select the type of shows and events deemed to be in the best interests of the 1-A District Agricultural Association and the communities it serves,” the board said in a statement.

The move follows legislation authored by California Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, to ban gun shows at the Cow Palace. In a statement, Wiener noted that he is the third senator in the past 15 years to take up the cause on behalf of area residents.

“While I am happy that the Cow Palace Board of Directors voted to end gun shows, it shouldn’t have taken decades for the Board to do so,” he said. “For many years, the local community has been asking the Cow Palace to stop the gun shows, but the Cow Palace ignored those pleas.”

“Now that we are pursuing legislation to get to the root of the problem by transferring the Cow Palace’s land to local control — SB 281 — the Cow Palace is paying attention,” he continued. “It shouldn’t have taken our legislation to get the Cow Palace to pay attention.”

San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa also welcomed the board’s vote to end gun shows.

“This is a battle that’s been brewing for over two decades,” Canepa said in a statement. “The state should not profit off the sales of guns and now it no longer will at the Cow Palace.”

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