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Gun Sales on Los Gatos Town Council Agenda Tonight

Government leaders meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 to discuss the sales of firearms and ammunition.

The Los Gatos Town Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, Feb. 4, at Town Council Chambers,  110 E. Main St. to discuss the sales of firearms and ammunition following the December 2012 opening of Templar Sports, 611 University Ave.

The PDF staff report related to the controversial issue is attached to this post. The five-page document contains several addendum letters from town residents in favor and against the new business, including a missive from attorney Donald Kilmer, who's representing Templar Sports' owners.

According to report, town staff has been directed to research and prepare a potential ordinance and policy changes necessary to:

  • 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

The issue was placed on tonight's agenda after Los Gatos Mayor Barbara Spector asked for such a hearing at the Dec. 17, 2012 Council meeting, staff said.

Questions have been raised by the public regarding Templar Sports' opening without prior public review and consideration of additional regulatory requirements, the report said.

The town does not have any legal or policy restrictions on the sale of firearms or
ammunition, except for a prohibition on sales to minors, which generally reflects state law, the report stated.

Further, there is no documentation of any prior town restrictions on such sales.
Given the absence of any local regulations, the sale of firearms and ammunition in Los Gatos is solely under the purview of existing federal and state laws.

To read the complete staff report about this issue, please see attached PDF.

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  • Video: Los Gatos Town Council to Hold Study Session on Gun Sales
  • Los Gatos Gun Store Opponents Protest Saturday
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  • New Los Gatos Gun Shop May See Protestors

 

 

Tia February 05, 2013 at 07:02 PM
It is becoming evidently clear from the 'council hearing' that there is a high possibility of manipulation: 1) There was an application for a 'sporting goods' store to begin with allowing circumvention of lot of rules, policies and restrictions. 2) Then as steps were cleared, clauses were added later, turning it into a proper gun shop, with manufacturing licenses, selling military grade artillery, accessories with little to no review or restrictions. 3) with licenses and clearances which they could under no normal circumstances get. 4) A clear case of cloak and dagger.
Roberta February 11, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Tia, you appear to be mistaken here: the comment of military grade artillery is wildly incorrect. "Artillery" term might be applied to rocket propelled grenade launchers and heavier weapons but certainly not any type rifle or pistol. Items that fall under that term are available (legally) only to the military and are nowhere in evidence at Templar. Also wonder at the remark "little or no review or restrictions". Here in California one must pass a background check and in some cases a safety test as well prior to purchasing firearms; so the claim of no restrictions is simply not valid although many individuals are not aware of this process. With all due respect: Law-abiding individuals are not the people who should be feared when it comes to firearms. Los Gatos instead should consider the number of establishments that sell alcohol nearby the parks, etc or consider drug use at the high school when assessing risk to others. Its pretty much a given that nearly all the folks who enjoy cocktails, etc at any of those business get into an automobile and drive away through that neighborhood while those who purchase or transport a firearm are required to do so in a locked container and unloaded.
Michelle McNutt February 11, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Your comments are outright anonymous lies, deceit and manipulation. You are ignoring the facts. You have absolutely no evidence to support your claims and you are lashing out wherever you can to express your selfish frustration. Sad, so sad. SHame on you for taking the focus away from the real conspiracy of council member Mr. Leonardis and his personal, back room connections to the protesters.
Tia February 11, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Michelle, Looks like you did not understand my previous comment and our conversation. I can see there will be no health debate with you. To engage further with you would be futile.
Tia February 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Roberta and CJ ( i received these comments earlier from CJ too) thank you for your comments, some of your points are relevant and some especially on ‘review and restriction’ and ‘licenses’ you too will realize when seen from a towns due process perspective, takes on a slightly different meaning.

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