Los Gatos Town Council Approves Extension of Gun Sales Moratorium

By a unanimous vote, the five-member body puts prohibition on future sales of weapons until Feb. 2, 2014.

The Los Gatos Town Council unanimously approved extending beyond 45 days an emergency moratorium on the sale of retail firearms, ammunition or destructive devices during its meeting Monday evening.

The five-member body plans to tackle the issue again in June when staff will have policy direction and action recommended on the divisive issue.

The extension will give town staff more time to research a potential ordinance to designate which areas in Los Gatos would be appropriate for such sales, including proximity to schools, parks and selected establishments.

The temporary prohibition was extended for 10 months and 15 days, or until Feb. 2, 2014 and may also be extended a second time for up to an additional year, according to a staff report.

Los Gatos Mayor Barbara Spector asked Council members Joe Pirzynski and Marcia Jensen to serve on a Council ad-hoc subcommittee to further study the issue.

As in past meetings about the retail sales of firearms in the wake of the December 2012 opening of Templar Sports, the public comment was mixed, but largely polite, constructive and articulate, as highlighted by Spector.

Opponents and proponents had mixed opinions on whether to adopt new ordinances/policies as quickly as possible, or to take the time needed to get it right with broad public participation and review.

Pirzynski said a motion made by Jensen to approve the moratorium's extension was appropriate and indicated why it was necessary for government officials to have time to work through the creation of any kind of code or language that will allow conditional uses for the sales of firearms.

"This is a complicated issue and requires appropriate evaluation," Pirzynski said. "The intention is to come back before the July recess to get at least a status report, if not a complete outline of what will be in the language of any future ordinance."

—For comprehensive coverage of Los Gatos gun retailer Templar Sports' opening in town, please see our topic page by clicking here.

CALIFROSE April 16, 2013 at 09:07 PM
This is against our constitutional right and unfair! Where the attention needs to be is on gun education not gun control! If citizens were properly educated and carry a weapon as means of prevention (as my family members do) they could actually save lives or prevent an event like the one in Aurora Colorado. I believe if someone in the theatre would have had their weapon on them, there would not have been many casualties because if It were me I would have pulled out my weapon and stopped the individual! So what is going to happen now with the recent stabbing of students? Are you going to come and take my kitchen cutlery and ban it because it's a deadly weapon?! Ridiculous!! Weapons can be a life saver in the hands of good citizens. You're taking my constitutional right away. This is WRONG!
AR April 16, 2013 at 09:17 PM
this is in no way unconstitutional. the right to limit gun sales in a municipality is supported by precedent despite numerous challenges. all over the country, towns and cities have limits or prohibitions on gun sales. you have the right to own a gun, you do not have the right to buy one within the same city or town you reside in. if your rights were as inalienable as you claim, california's own gun laws would have been overturned long ago. the supreme court has again and again acknowledged limits on the 2nd amendment. of course, on a practical level, town leaders have surely followed the comments here on patch for anything gun-related...and noted that the only opposition comes from the same small group of posters. sorry folks, you made it painfully obvious that the gun lobby in los gatos isn't big enough to change an election.
SunTzu April 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM
And will do nothing to prevent or deter crime in Los Gatos because: 1) Criminals don't buy guns at Gun Stores because they are expensive and have to do a background check. 2) There are several gun stores within a few miles of Los Gatos 3) Both the city council and many residents of Los Gatos are acting on irrational fear and emotion instead of looking at actual facts; or 4) All of the above
CALIFROSE April 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM
To SunTzu - absolutely correct!
Jillm April 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I will exercise my rights and I will no longer patronize any Los Gatos stores or restaurants and will be encouraging everyone I know to do the same. This is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels!
CALIFROSE April 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM
To own and carry a weapon at all times requires a background check, registration, and classes as my family members have done. They have the weapon on them wherever we go, but it's not on display, it's concealed. We have it all the time. This ban on gun sales does nothing to stop a criminal from obtaining one. A criminal does not get a gun and own one because he or she has gone through the mentioned steps. They will get one if they want to and intend to do harm. By this ban it stops good citizens from protecting ourselves, IT DOESN'T PREVENT CRIMINALS FROM COMMITING CRIME! They'll find a way to get a gun or cause chaos if that's what they want to do. A law will not prevent a criminal from injustice! Stupid does as stupid is!
SunTzu April 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM
We can also only hope that the wise sages on the Town Council will quickly imposed a moratorium on new hardware stores since they sell nails and kitchen and appliance stores since they sell pressure cookers.... or is that already covered under the prohibition on destructive devices?
CALIFROSE April 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM
What this has done to the residents and citizens of Los Gatos is prevent them from protecting themselves. If the residents of the City of Los Gatos were in fear they have more to fear now because this just disabled a good resident from protecting themselves!
CALIFROSE April 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I'll pray for the residents of Los Gatos. Now criminals have a new target to add to their list to commit crimes. When a City has publicly announced their ridiculous ban they are now a target for criminals to come in and do harm. Did the City Council think of that when they were deciding to disable the City from protecting themselves? Stupid Does As Stupid Is!
Cletus OBannon April 16, 2013 at 11:05 PM
You are absolutely correct. I sucks that so many idiots managed to congregate into one area. This is the kind of stupid we have to deal with when that happens.
Cletus OBannon April 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Already doing it. Have been for a while actually.
Cletus OBannon April 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Don't worry... I am sure that will come up next.
Cletus OBannon April 16, 2013 at 11:07 PM
New York safe laws are in effect and already they are seeing an increase in violent crime. Yeap! Works great to be stupid! You get to inflict pain on yourself faster!
SunTzu April 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Easy there, no law was passed to ban the possession of firearms or to prohibit the ability of residents to defend themselves. Rather, the Council has decided it would rather see tax revenue got to surrounding communities such as Campbell (i.e. Sportsman's Supply) than Los Gatos. It would also seem that there are a significant number of residents that simply feel "safe" calling for 911 and waiting for someone to show up and help. Good luck with that because when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
CALIFROSE April 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM
To SunTzu - well then all residents should go outside and support other cities and give revenue to those cities. Maybe there won't be funds to keep those on the Los Gatos City Council employed! When this happens JillM and Cletus can run for office and change things bringing back the revenue to Los Gatos. Hope the smart City Council of Los Gatos is reading these comments.
Bob Rosenthal April 18, 2013 at 02:37 AM
YES!! Statement from Chris W. Cox on U.S. Senate Defeat of Manchin-Toomey-Schumer Amendment ; ; Today, the misguided Manchin-Toomey-Schumer proposal failed in the U.S. Senate. This amendment would have criminalized certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools. ; The NRA will continue to work with Republicans and Democrats who are committed to protecting our children in schools, prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law, and fixing our broken mental health system. We are grateful for the hard work and leadership of those Senators who chose to pursue meaningful solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.


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