Skip to comments.Moratorium Proposed to Stop New Gun Store (Turner's - San Carlos)
Posted on 11/14/2017 12:10:34 PM PST by nickcarraway
The debate over gun control, which has heightened after mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, is playing out in San Carlos with the City Council considering a 45-day moratorium that would stop a new gun store from opening.
The moratorium, if approved by council tonight (Nov. 13), would give City Manager Jeff Maltbie more time to research what regulations the city could impose on gun stores, according to a report to council from City Attorney Greg Rubens, Community Development Director Al Savay and Maltbie.
About a dozen residents asked the council at its Oct. 23 meeting to impose a ban on gun stores after they learned that Turners Outdoorsman, a chain store with mostly Southern California locations, is planning to open at the end of November at 1123 Industrial Road.
San Carlos is a family town, and adding a second gun store is worth a discussion, San Carlos resident C. Erin Friday said at the Oct. 23 meeting.
Turners Outdoorsman, which sells other gear aside from firearms, would be less than a mile away from the two other businesses that sell guns in San Carlos Imbert and Smithers, at 1144 El Camino Real, and a private seller, Equity Arms, which meets with customers by appointment only at 1100 Industrial Road.
Vice Mayor Matt Grocott said both he and Mayor Bob Grassilli have met with representatives of Turners Outdoorsman, who have emphasized the companys safety program. Grocott said he was told by Turners representatives the company goes above and beyond whats required for gun stores in terms of safety and surveilling customers.
The Turners representatives also said they cater their stores to demand in the community, and if not many guns are sold, they scale back their inventory, Grocott said.
Residents sound off
Both Grocott and fellow Councilman Mark Olbert have said their email inboxes have been flooded with emails from residents. Some who have written to the council arent even San Carlos residents. A handful of Menlo Park residents sent their thoughts on the matter.
I simply cannot believe that you want this store in our community. The mass shootings in Las Vegas, Orlando, San Bernardino, and Newtown were all carried out with assault rifles like the ones on Turners website. Soon these weapons of mass destruction will be available for sale in San Carlos, wrote Menlo Park resident Nick Taylor.
But some have written in support of the gun store:
While Im far from being a conservative or gun enthusiast, I believe in the rights provided to all Americans by ALL of the amendments in our great constitution. We do in fact have the RIGHT to bear arms. While we live in a very liberal area of the nation that believes in strict gun laws, I believe we should focus on enforcing those regulations rather than prohibiting people the opportunity to purchase a perfectly legal item, wrote resident Kate Fayngersh.
Last minute attack
The California arm of the NRA, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, issued a statement calling the moratorium discussion a last minute attack on Turners Outdoorsman, after the company has worked with the sheriffs office and the citys planning department to open a store.
NRA and CRPA will be submitting letters of opposition soon in regard to this arbitrary and discriminatory attempt to keep a legitimate retailer from opening in the city of San Carlos, CRPAs statement said.
However, this moratorium, is not a unique response by a local government in California. Both Santa Cruz County and Los Gatos placed restrictions on gun stores in 2013.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 13) at City Hall, 600 Elm St.
What the US needs to common sense, comprehensive Spending Control.
What the US needs IS common sense, comprehensive Spending Control.
Or how about ‘common sense voter registration’...
The Gun Stores in California could fix all of this very easily, they just need a Little Organizing, not much. But one simple organizational task would END this crap overnight.
If these Gun Stores would Organize and Communicate they could easily create a Private Club for ALL Purchases, they would ALL have to do it, if You are Not a Member you can NOT buy from us. All Private Clubs can DISCRIMINATE!
Allow All US Citizens that can NOT be classified as a “Public Employee” to join the Buyers Gun Club and tell Every Last Government Employee to F%&K OFF.
Force them into Felonious Activity when they try to Purchase Ammo or Weapons out of State, then PUBLICIZE IT and Demand Prosecution.
The BOR states that possession of that "commodity" shall not be infringed.
Olbert fits right in with the rest of those California loons in Alice's Wonderland. I wrote the reporter the same.
Hate to give lefties advice, but he would have been better off claiming the Constitution was written by dead white slaveholders and therefore should be ignored in this time of crisis. ;-)
Hey, genius, you already have two existing gun shops in San Carlos, so those guns are already available. Not to mention gun shops in Redwood City, Belmont, Mountain View, and who knows where else (I haven't lived in the Bay Area for almost 25 years).
Where is the one in Mountain View?
Eddy’s and Gun Vault
but that would mean existing gun stores might face competition. I've shopped at Imbert&Smithers and heard the owner and management express their relief that no one can open a competing store and their scorn towards everyone who left the state to do business elsewhere.
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