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County to Consider Gun Store Moratorium Tuesday

A proposal for the unincorporated county's first gun shop has the Board of Supervisors taking action Tuesday.

Prompted by the proposed opening of a gun shop in Live Oak, the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors will consider a temporary moratorium on gun shops Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.

Supervisor Jon Leopold has proposed stopping any approvals of the shop until the county has had time to study make recommendations for permitting gun shops.

"With national attention focused on the issue of gun violence and regulations, it is timely that our county also thoughtfully establish sound policies," all five supervisors – Leopold, Zach Friend, Neal Coonerty, Greg Caput and Bruce McPherson – wrote in an email to constituents.

They invited members of the public to speak on the issue. If people can't make the work-hours meeting, they may phone (831) 454-2200 or email the supervisors with opinions.

The meeting is held on the fifth floor of the County Administration Building, 701 Ocean St.

The email addresses are here:

John Leopold: john.leopold@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Zach Friend: zach.friend@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Neal Coonerty: bds031@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Gret Caput: greg.caput@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Bruce McPherson: bruce.mcpherson@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Michael A. Lewis January 15, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Good! Caput seconded Leopold's motion and voted for it, along with the rest of the Supes.
Michael A. Lewis January 15, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Defending the truth is not the same as defending the truth-teller.
Swidden January 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Theoretically they essentially could. An outright ban might create a difficult legal battle, but that doesn't mean they cannot create an arduous, drawn out and costly process to deter anyone that might consider opening such a store.
CC Clark January 17, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I like that thought. How about being culpable for the owner loosing a tenant and the tenant having to find a new location…out of Santa Cruz County…I hope all of us remember the supervisors actions when voting time comes around again. The moratorium is not adding any safety to any of us! It is political period!
CC Clark January 17, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Michael, the actions of all the supervisors was shocking! We are talking about a business that is highly regulated by the fed. gov., a moratorium is absurd.

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