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California: Los Gatos Town Council Issues Moratorium on Future Gun Sales

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Please Attend the Next Meeting on Monday, March 4

On Monday, the Los Gatos Town Council unanimously issued a temporary emergency moratorium and research to be done for potential ordinances and policy changes on future gun sales in town.  This issue and information will be brought back up for consideration at the town council meeting on Monday, March 4.

According to their attorney, Donald E.J. Kilmer, Jr., Templar Sports will not be affected by the town council's temporary emergency moratorium and it will only affect future gun sales in the town.  To view a video with questions answered by Mr. Kilmer on the Los Gatos Patch created by Sheila Sanchez, click here.

The town council staff is expected to research the following issues, as listed by the Los Gatos Patch

  • Designate which land-use zones may be appropriate for sale of firearms and ammunition;
  • Require a conditional-use permit for the sale of firearms and ammunition;
  • Restrict home occupation permits for sale of firearms and ammunition;
  • Establish a police permit requirement for dealers of firearms and ammunition;
  • Require identification checks for the sale of ammunition; and /or
  • Require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms.

It is unfortunate that the town council is working to restrict businesses that have done nothing illegal.  Templar Sports completed and paid all the necessary paperwork and fees to open for business.  The Town Police Department has also received all required federal permit applications and notices required for the sale of firearms at this location.  This store has completed everything required by federal and California law to be able to sell firearms legally in California.  And California has the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.  Obviously there is little confidence by your local politicians about the effectiveness of current state gun control laws to reduce crime or prevent criminal access to firearms.  With its perceived failure, your local politicians want to enact more onerous gun control restrictions.

Prior to the March 4 meeting, please call AND e-mail the Mayor, Town Manager and members of the Los Gatos Town Council respectfully urging them to reconsider banning future gun sales in the town.  Law-abiding citizen should not be penalized for the criminal activities of others.  Don't forget to forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners in Los Gatos and urge them to do the same.

Town officials can be reached at (408) 354-6832 and e-mail addresses for the Mayor, Town Manager and Town Council members are provided below:

Barbara Spector, Mayor: bspector@losgatosca.gov

Steve Leonardis, Vice-Mayor: sleonardis@losgatosca.gov

Greg Larson, Town Manager: manager@LosGatosCA.gov

Diane McNutt, Council Member: dmcnutt@losgatosca.gov

Joe Pirzynski, Council Member: jpirzynski@losgatosca.gov

Marcia Jensen, Council Member: mjensen@losgatosca.gov

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