Video: Los Gatos Gun Shop Attorney Says Moratorium Could Be Challenged

Donald E.J. Kilmer, Jr. says his client has complied with all local, state and federal laws.

Gun retailer Templar Sports' attorney Donald E.J. Kilmer, Jr. said Monday evening's vote by the Los Gatos Town Council to research future gun sales restrictions and a possible moratorium on such businesses won't affect his client.

"That ends the witch-hunt," Kilmer said about the scrutiny the business has endured since opening in December at 611 University Ave.

He also said his client has complied with all local, state and federal laws to open his shop and that "any action they [Council members] take is for future gun stores."

Kilmer also insinuated that a temporary prohibition of such sales in town could be challenged in court. "I don't currently have any clients who want to challenge that [the moratorium], by I imagine I'll be getting phone calls," he said.

The business is also willing to discuss with town officials a voluntary operating agreement in response to community concerns about gun sales in Los Gatos.

Extra police security during the meeting had come at the store's request as Robert Chang, one of the business owners, has told San Jose police that he received a death threat following a Feb. 4 meeting to discuss gun sales in town.

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Ed Allison February 15, 2013 at 03:50 PM
The character of Los Gatos improves! I would be glad to have dinner and stop by the local sporting goods store on my way home. I'm a resident and local home owner, and don't have an irrational fear of things I don't understand. I applaud the process and will continue to support Templar Sports - this is a great development!
joseph blutarski February 17, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Have you been to Kerley's in Cupertino, about a stones throw from Apple headquarters? Gun stores are places where law abiding citizens hang out and talk about hunts and firearms hobby, and criminals stay well away from. I'd say this would be a welcome addition to Los Gatos... versus another bar where people go to get drunk and then drive on city streets.
TS February 17, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Clearly you have not visited the store then and witnessed that it is quite busy all day every day. I assume since the city now has zero legal standing to deny Templar future business license renewals, to do so would spawn a lawsuit that would in turn cost the city probably millions. Gun shops are where LAW ABIDING firearm enthusiasts hang out and shop because of the level of scrutiny that firearm purchasers have to go through, generally speaking, criminals DON'T go to gun shops, they buy their ILLEGAL firearms off the streets in seedy areas, they do not legally purchase firearms from gun shops. People like yourself that pass judgement based solely on knee jerk reaction and emotion since you clearly have no clue as to the reality of firearms. Try researching the FACTS, not the spin that most media outlets throw at you. Continuing to spew this uninformed (and wrong) information makes you look like, well, an uniformed, knee jerk reactionist.
TS February 17, 2013 at 05:27 AM
So you are saying that a high end gun shop nestled in-between a few tow truck companies, the DMV, a Smog Check shop, a Plumbing Supply shop, makes the town ugly? How are any of the above "picturesque"? If this is about the "character" of the town, why don't we review then, the owner of Templar Sports received a death threat after the first city hall meeting, you claim that the gun shop makes the town ugly although it sits in a light industrial zoned area, so with that its obvious that you are just trying to spin this to your own ideology since I am hard pressed to find anyone that finds light industrial areas picturesque, dozens of people were protesting the gun shop that had ZERO understanding of firearm laws and just how strict they are in California, and I could go on about the "character" of many of the citizens of Los Gatos, but I really dont see the need since the people you are referring to (and yourself) are really the ones lacking character.
Ed September 21, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Frankly, I think its the people who conducted this witch hunt that make Los Gatos ugly.


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