Legislation to ban gun shows and change oversight of the Cow Palace has been placed on hold by the two legislators pushing for it, it was announced Friday.
The Cow Palace Board of Directors last month voted to discontinue gun shows with an end date of Jan. 1, 2020. The Cow Palace board is nominated by the governor and the legislation sought to shift that to a local board with representation from San Francisco, San Mateo County and Daly City officials — though the exact numbers from each were under discussion. Senate Bill 281, authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, was also seen as a way to force other uses at the 68-acre site including housing. In addition to the gun show ban, the Cow Palace board announced it will explore development opportunities.
In a press release issued late Friday, Wiener said there has been progress from the board in its discontinuation of gun shows and that the bill was being postponed until January to allow time for work to be done with the community and the governor.
While the Cow Palace is in Daly City, a couple acres of it is in San Francisco. The event center opened in 1941 and is home to the Grand National Rodeo, the Dicken’s Fair and other community events.