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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Three Judge Panel of 9th Circuit Rules against Nordykes in California Gun Show Case

Gun show promoters Russell and Sallie Nordyke brought a lawsuit after Alameda County officials passed an ordinance in 1999 prohibiting firearms and ammunition from public property, including the county fairgrounds where the couple had run their show for years.  But the LA Times is reporting that the three judge panel ruled yesterday that local governments have a legitimate purpose in keeping guns out of public places.  The case has been ongoing for the last twelve years.
The case isn't over," said the Nordykes' attorney, Donald Kilmer. "I'm still talking with my clients, but it's just a question of whether we go up to an en banc rehearing or to the Supreme Court or back to the district court."
According to one of the justices, the Alameda ordinance didn't prohibit gun shows "but merely declined to host them on government premises."

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