What if Connecticut passed a law that said that anyone who wished to sell guns had to attain NRA "high master" marksmanship rating for every kind of gun they sell and maintain that rating for 5 years? What if that caused all the gun stores to close up shop? What if the legislators defended this hypothetical law by saying, "Hey, we're not banning guns! Just keeping people safe!"
Well, of course, people of many persuasions would be up in arms (so to speak). The gun nuts would be frothing at the mouth. Because that would be a blatant attempt to do an end run around the Constitution and impose a stupid requirement on gun sellers that's unrelated to their vocation of selling guns, with a clear goal of putting gun stores out of business in Connecticut.
Well, if they did something like that, it would be a lot like Alabama (and many other states) saying that abortion clinic doctors have to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The wing nuts defend these by saying, "Hey, we're not banning abortions! Just protecting women's health!"
Such laws are blatant end runs around the Constitution that impose a stupid requirement on certain doctors that is unrelated to their day job, with a clear goal of putting abortion clinics out of business in Alabama.
And US District Judge Myron Thompson said so. In so many words.