The state Supreme Court says counties and cities are allowed to ban gun shows on their fairgrounds and other government properties.
The decision upholds hotly contested bans of weapons at flea markets in Los Angeles and Alameda counties. The ordinances were passed there in 1999 amid concerns that gun shows hurt the counties´images and promoted violence.
The decision is expected to set off an avalanche of similar ordinances across the state. In briefs filed to the court, representatives from at least 20 cities and counties urged the justices to grant them such powers.
The decisions don´t deal with whether local governments can ban gun sales on private property. It only addresses whether the bans can happen on public government-owned property.