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LA Proposes Banning Gun Show Sales

August 18, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Gun and ammunition sales on Los Angeles County property would be banned under a proposed ordinance backed by a majority of the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky asked the county legal counsel on Tuesday to draft a report on legal questions involving such a ban, and report back within one week.

``The county should not be leasing its property, and should not be permitting its property to be used for the sale of guns and ammunition,″ Yaroslavsky said.

Supervisors Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Gloria Molina also favor such a ban, which would affect four gun shows held each year at Fairplex in Pomona.

The ban and another anti-gun measure proposed by Yaroslavsky Tuesday are prompted by the killing of a postal worker and the wounding of five people last week at the North Valley Jewish Community Center.

Earlier this month, state officials placed a moratorium on scheduling new gun shows at all state fairgrounds. The shows already scheduled at the 54 state fairgrounds throughout California will still be held.

But the state Department of Food and Agriculture advised the fairgrounds not to schedule any new events as legislators attempt to tighten regulations on gun expos.

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