New look at gun shows on public land
November 29, 2011
A long-running battle over gun rights in California will be revisited by the entire 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals following a decision Monday.
At issue is a 1999 law banning gun shows, guns, and ammunition on public property. The 9th Circuit has interpreted the law on several different occasions in the past, generally upholding its prohibitions. Most recently a three-member panel of the appellate court ruled that “public safety” was adequate reason to restrict gun show-type activities on public grounds.
But more recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings have strengthened protections of gun rights and applied the brakes to gun control laws in other states.
So the whole 11-member appeals court now will weigh in on what has become a monumental 12-year-old gun rights showdown over an Alameda County ordinance banning guns and ammunition on public property. The decision stems from a case involving gun show promoters Russ and Sallie Nordyke.
While the issue simmers on various court calendars, the annual “Grizzly Gun Show” event is scheduled for Dec. 10-11 at the Paso Robles Event Center, a state-owned facility.