Los Gatos Resident Wants Stricter Gun Retailer Control Laws

After Templar Sports obtains business permit to operate at 611 University Ave., several town residents express concern over appropriateness of business in the community.

Los Gatos resident Deborah Weinstein appeared this week before the Town Council to request that new policies be adopted controlling the issuance of business permits for gun retailers.

The Tait Avenue resident said, as a mother of two small children,

Weinstein said she would like the Council to either prohibit gun stores in town or, at the very least, require gun retailers to obtain conditional-use permits that would obligate them to go through community hearings notifying neighborhoods so residents can give input on their operations.

"While I realize it's [Templar Sports] a legal business and technically nothing was required prior to issuing the appropriate permits, I feel as a member of this town, a very family focused community, that we should have had the tools in place to review this type of business prior to its installation," she said.

Such a policy would allow residents to review the location and the appropriateness of such retailers in town, she added.

"I'm saddened that we're now reacting to the Templar Sports instead of being part of the process. I believe that we should have been notified," she said.

"We, Los Gatans, are a small town and we care about the entire community, not just the interests of one segment."

Weinstein wants a member of the Council to initiate and fast-track such legislation to also allow residents the opportunity to review what types of other retail uses the community should be notified about during their business application process and where they will be located.

will serve the hunting, fishing, target sports, and law enforcement communities, said who's acting as an adviser to the shop and its management as they work to start operation in town.

She also requested that Templar Sports, should it desire to expand square footage in the future, or move to a larger location, residents be given the opportunity to review its expansion instead of it being grandfathered in the existing business permit.

Weinstein would like that if that expansion were to occur, Templar Sports would be required to go through a CUP process with community input.

"... One of the main reasons I moved away from Oakland six years ago was specifically to protect my young children from gun violence ... as a parent, I monitor and control my children's exposure to television, Internet, you name it, to reduce their exposure to violent imagery."

In that vein, Weinstein asked the Council to also work on a policy to control the external facade of the Templar Sports location to remain free of any advertising and that the business not be allowed to have sandwich boards or other posters with any gun imagery outside the store.

"I'm urging a Council member to put the proper controls in place so that a store of this nature will not pop up overnight again," she wrote in an email to Los Gatos Patch.

Templar Sports is under the ownership and management of San Jose resident Robert Chang. Its product offerings will include firearms, fishing, hunting, and related outdoor equipment and apparel, Knowles said.

Several town residents contacted this publication in November expressing concern that the new shop would present safety and security issues to the surrounding neighborhood.

They said the shop's location is next to a main thoroughfare for kids, families and teens, across from a ballet studio, 100 yards from Oak Meadow Park and the main path for kids going to and from Fisher Middle School.


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CJ December 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
since you ran out of excuses, you have to now shift it towards me, how lame and irresponsible, you should not own a gun.
randal villata December 18, 2012 at 02:21 AM
#1, you are not telling the truth by saying the gun store wants a gun in every home in Town....but you are correct, the mother is equally guilty as the shooter. #2..you don't really know what you are talking about and just want to argue. I have been carrying one or more guns everyday for over 40 years and never shot anyone and hope never to. Now, go watch Spongebob or something you can understand....good night.
CJ December 18, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Wow, didnt know the gun store didnt want to sell guns. So why do you carry a gun, are you a police officer?
Phillip Salfen December 18, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Why would he need to be an LEO, or even a retired LEO, to carry a gun? I'm not LE, but I carry a gun every day. It's called taking personal responsibility for my own safety, and for that of my loved ones, and not expecting the government to do it for me.
CJ December 18, 2012 at 05:30 AM
so you are afraid! just like me. The only difference between you and I is that I would not be able to kill anybody or any animal even if I had to, even if I knew how to use a gun. I don't want to. And I don't think teachers should either, they are there at our schools to teach, that is their primary responsibility. Otherwise, if we should all carry guns, like you, to protect ourselves, should we also have bullet proff windows in our schools? arm our teachers?, have our children wear bullet proof vests instead of jackets? where does it end. We must start somewhere. You tell me where. Do you think the place to start is arm everybody with a weapon that fires many rounds in seconds? you give the answer since you are so smart!
CJ December 18, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Thank you
CJ December 18, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Phillip: you wrote " China, being the wonderful communist country it is, allows VERY FEW private citizens to own firearms. How can you control an armed citizenry? So, the mental patients there have turned to knives. Just this week 20 children were attacked and mutilated at a school there. Yes, they all lived. But, some missing fingers, some ears, etc. Should they outlaw knives next? Where would it stop?" This is what I say to you: "THEY ALL LIVED, and that is ALL THAT MATTERS TO PARENT. If that nut had used assault weapons they would ALL BE DEAD."
CJ December 18, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Mike, while I appreciate your opinion, the issue here is that recently there is a trend, a trend that is on the increase, it is related to assault weapons and children. Do you have children? I hope you do so that you will understand those who are parents out there like me.
Phillip Salfen December 18, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Afraid? I have a way to protect myself and, if it came down to "him" myself and my family or "them" myself and my family you're GDR I would use lethal force. So, no. I'm not afraid, I'm prepared. So many question Grasshopper. The right to protect yourself, or not, is yours. Just as a former FFL dealer stated (on one of the three article "discussions") he would not sell firearms to teachers. You can take what you want from that. I have a loaded 30rd AK47 magazine (it's a magazine, NOT a clip) in my AK right now. (I do rotate it with the other three so as to not de-stress the spring.) That and a 12g Remington shotgun are my home defense weapons. I'm not "so smart". Just not overemotional. I'm just fed up with the ridiculousness of telling people they have to give up their firearms, or firearm accessories, and the belief that they will willingly do so. Not going to happen.
randal villata December 18, 2012 at 06:08 AM
CJ, if you were paying attention to this topic you would know in detail who i am. I regret with so much nonsense produced by this topic my inbox is becoming clogged and i must quit following the topic. regards and good luck
Phillip Salfen December 18, 2012 at 06:09 AM
This is some REALLY funny reply guano here.
Don Wolf December 18, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Some teachers/administrators should be encouraged to carry defensive weopons. Obviously, they should be trained. However, most schools have ex-military people who are well trained. Not everyone should carry. Many are not capable of learning how to defend themselves or their loved ones. Have you noticed that not one of the massacres has occured in a school that allows teachers to carry a concealed weopon?
Melissa Pugh December 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Thank you, Sheila.
CJ December 18, 2012 at 04:25 PM
a must read article on gun control: a must read article on gun control: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/17/world/world-newtown-shootings-gun-controls/index.html?iid=article_sidebar
Mike Hunt December 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Maybe Debra Weinstein needs to start an opposition group? But, in the mean time, every man, woman and child needs to get armed and trained! Just think of all the great deals this new gun store in town's gonna have! I dreamin' about it...chompin' at the bit. Who cares about the neighbors, lack of parking, the feeding frenzie, etc. And...let's not just stop with one gun store. We need a gun store on every corner!
Mike Hunt December 19, 2012 at 02:07 AM
The La Hacienda property would be ideal for a gun shop!
CJ December 19, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Thank you Doug for the information. This is absolutely insane. I still cannot believe the town of Los Gatos is allowing this to happen.
Mike Hunt December 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Yes...and female athletic cups, too!
2112RTE December 19, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Im going to throw a religion card out, Is Weinstein a Jewish person, if so she has no sense of history. 1938 was a very good year, for the Germans and gun control. Now you want it here, there is a name for you....... "Jewish Nazi collaborators" Signed, the son of a VET that fought for your right to speak your mind. Semper Fi
dhudson December 19, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I am appalled that 75 years after one of the world's most horrific examples of genocide, that you would even THINK of bringing a person's religion into this issue. How in the world would you know if Deborah is Jewish or not? I did not read ONE WORD of her argument that spoke of her religion, or the religious beliefs of anyone else for that matter. It is people like YOU who should not be allowed to buy a gun.
Tia December 20, 2012 at 09:27 PM
As a resident of Los Gatos,I consider this issue important enough and would simply like to have the right to have a voice on the matter in the form of a vote.
Tia December 20, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Consequently, I request the City Council, to give it equal regard and take all steps required to bring this within voteable preview. Not leave it saying, it is out of their hands.
Tia December 20, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I agree! As a resident of Los Gatos,I consider this issue important enough and would simply like to have the right to have a voice on the matter in the form of a vote. Consequently, I request the City Council, to give it equal regard and take all steps required to bring this within voteable preview. Not leave it saying, it is out of their hands.
Peter Cook December 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Semper Fi is clearly depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
James George December 21, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Put it to rest folks. I drove by Templar and they have a very tasteful sign that doesn't indicate they sell guns. Guns are available whether they are purchased in Los Gatos, San Jose or another state. The right or wrong of it won't be decided here.
Susan Silver December 21, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I believe we elected our Council to do their job. Which I commend. I was robbed at my home in Los Gatos. In Switerland it is your duty as a citizen to have a gun. Until a couple of yrs ago you could not vote unless you were armed when you went to the poll. They also contain one of the lowest, if not the lowest crime rate on the planet. Btw, I am a Los Gatos Grandmother. Susan Silver
Peter Cook December 21, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Does anyone know if the range will be indoors or outdoors?
Jonathan Knowles December 21, 2012 at 04:48 PM
No range at all. Just a store.
Peter Cook December 22, 2012 at 09:39 AM
I think it really needs a range. I am hoping they model it on the Gun Store in Las Vegas. I hope they consider it.
Joe January 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM
An interesting opinion here: http://opinionrocker.com/?p=515 I think you should all read it. Note that I am pro gun per my right to bear arms along with being a former LG'en now living in a remote area. I am an independent. I think LG has gone to those with excess money, time on their hands and a lot of society types that enjoy nothing more than to get attention over what they feel strong about. I am all about striving for what you believe is important to you, but as far as I am concerned, there is obviously a need for this store as the attention has allowed them to sell quite a lot of stock, ( I did stop by on a recent visit "home" and discussed the attention with those working there). There are over 30 FFL gun dealers in the 95030 area code alone. So maybe it is just easier for the locals not to have to go into San Jose or Campbell....


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