Guns

Appeals Court Takes Up California Gun Show Ban

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

An appeals court in California on Monday took up a case that gun advocates on both side of the argument are watching closely -- whether counties can ban gun shows on government property.

Several Bay Area counties have laws that prohibited the sale or possession of guns on government property, thus banning gun shows at some of the best spots in town.

The Contra Costa Times reports that Russell and Sallie Nordyke have been challenging the Alameda County law for 12 years now, and that is the case the appeals court is hearing.

"It has impacted our lives tremendously," Sallie Nordyke said. "We used to be able to have gun shows in a lot of other places."

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An appeals panel in 2009 upheld the county's law, but following several Supreme Court rulings, the court decided to rehear the case with a larger panel of judges.

The outcome is expected to be a barometer on just how far local governments can go regarding the regulations of Second Amendment rights.

"This could be the next big gun case to go to the Supreme Court," said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America." "The gun show promoters have an uphill climb. When managing its own property, the government usually has a lot of (leeway)."