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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.

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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