Court blocks gun shows at Fairgrounds

Upholds county ordinance banning guns from county property

Two gun show operators who want to hold shows at the annual Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton were dealt a setback by a federal appeals court in San Francisco Monday.

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the county's ban on gun shows at the fair doesn't appear to violate the constitutional

Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The court ruled in a long-running lawsuit originally filed in 1999 by gun show promoters Russell and Sallie Nordyke.

The county's ban on bringing firearms onto county property was enacted in response to a 1998 shooting at the fair in which eight people were


County officials contend the law is a reasonable public safety measure, while the Nordykes claim it violates their constitutional rights.

In Monday's ruling, the appeals court said the standard for judging a law that restricts gun possession should be whether the law substantially burdens gun owners' rights.

The court said the county ordinance was not a substantial burden because it applies only to county property.

"The ordinance does not prohibit gun shows, but merely declines to host them on government premises," the court said.

But the ruling does not end the case. The court said the Nordykes could amend their lawsuit to present additional facts to try to show they suffered a substantial burden on their rights.


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Posted by klat_wols
a resident of Blackhawk
on May 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

Thank you 9th U.S. Circuit Court!

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

In a number of North African and Middle Eastern countries, there are open air markets where kindly peace loving locals can purchase almost any type of weapon they want, given they have enough cash in their pocket. And American guns shows are not much different, save the scarcity of rocket launchers.

You gun nuts always gibber on and on with your "guns don't kill people blah blah...." and prattle about how government is not enforcing your version of the laws against the bad guys - and yet you won't get behind anything that makes it easier for police, DEA, rangers, the FBI, etc. You know, like making sure drug dealers, gang bangers, and the mentally unhinged have substantial roadblocks in their way to the purchase of a firearm. Especially automatic - or easily convertible - weapons, and armor piercing munitions. No, that would be violating your deranged perception of the 2nd amendment.

It's a happy day, and the Nordykes can kiss my @$$.

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