Help SetterArms Fight Back!
On Monday, September 14, 2015, the City Council of Daly City will consider Use Permit UPR-5-15-10913, which if passed, would establish the city’s only firearm repair shop. The application was made by Todd Settergren of SetterArms, who until recently ran his business out of a South San Francisco location.
On July 7th, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the City Council approve Mr. Settergren’s application. Having heard from the Daly City Police Department that Mr. Settergren went “beyond what was expected” in providing necessary security, the Planning Commission found that SetterArms would not have a detrimental impact on the public welfare. To the contrary, the Commission determined that approval would be “in the best interest of the public health, safety, and general welfare of the community.”
In light of the Planning Commission’s unanimous decision and the prospect that the City Council would approve Mr. Settergren’s application, anti-gun groups came out of the woodwork to oppose it. For instance, the San Francisco chapter of the Brady Campaign complained that “residents of Daly City should have been notified of this type of business coming into their neighborhood.” But they were—notification was given in the local newspaper, and all property owners within 300 feet of the proposed location were notified by mail.
One clueless anti-gun resident wrote, “[w]hy would a gun need ‘repairing’? Unless it will be used to modify rifles and guns into automatic assault weapons.” This shocking lack of understanding of firearms and the extensive federal and state regulations already in place is all too common among anti-gun zealots.
Mr. Settergren’s application went before the City Council on August 10th. Almost immediately, a councilmember moved to continue discussion on the item to a later date - a direct result of the anti-gun messages the council members had received. The Council voted 3-2 to delay a decision until its Monday, September 14 meeting, without any evidence that such delay was necessary.
In the meantime, Mr. Settergren remains without a business location or a source of income to provide for himself or his family. For the City Council made the unnecessary decision to delay approval, ignoring the known fact that Mr. Settergren was facing a deadline to vacate his previous business premises by the end of August.
The National Rifle Association and California Rifle and Pistol Association have submitted a letter in support of Mr. Settergren’s application. We strongly encourage all members to attend the upcoming September 14th City Council meeting to support Mr. Settergren’s application. If you are unable to attend, please contact the City Council today.
|Daly City, City Council|
|333 90th Street|
|Daly City, CA 94015-1895|
|Phone: (650) 991-8000|
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