Gun Sales Banned on LA County Property

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

Los Angeles ( - The operators of the nation's largest gun show said they plan to file a lawsuit as early as today seeking to overturn a ban on gun sales on Los Angeles County property.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave final approval Tuesday to a ban on the sale of guns and ammunition on county property, including the county fairgrounds in Pomona.

Just like two weeks ago, the vote was 3-2 with Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe voting against the ordinance.

"If this goes into effect, it's going to put the show out of business," said Chad Seger, manager of the Great Western Show, which has been in business for more than 30 years.

He said his company has a contract with Los Angeles County to hold two more gun shows in October and December.

The board's action was the second of two votes required to adopt the ordinance, which will take effect after 30 days.

Antonovich said the ban on the sale of guns and ammunition on county property was going to penalize the majority of people who do not violate the law.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who voted for the ban, said investigators have found "hate literature" was being sold at the shows and described them as "bazaars for arm sales."

Meanwhile, one of six Southern California firms that have produced 80 percent of the nation's small-caliber Saturday night specials has filed for bankruptcy.

Valencia-based Sundance Industries filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and in its petition declared $10,321 in assets, and $77,644 in debts.

Owner Steven Jennings said his company was a victim of lawsuits filed by cities around the country seeking to place blame for gun violence.

Jennings, who has owned the company for 10 years and was running Sundance with two employees, would not elaborate on the lawsuits he faces.