LOS GATOS (CBS SF) – The Los Gatos Town Council held a second special meeting Monday night over the controversy of a newly-opened firearms store.
The council’s meeting is a continuation of hearings held a week ago for public input on proposed new laws governing sales of guns and ammunition in Los Gatos, according to City Manager Greg Larson.
Larson told the council last week that city staff had no authority to deny a business license to the store, Templar Sports, at 611 University Ave., since the city lacks a specific law regulating gun sales that it has for businesses such as massage parlors, hair salons and bars.
Also, due to the lack of specific rules in the city code, “Police do not currently have any authority or discretion re: firearms retailers,” Larson wrote in a report to the council.
Templar Sports opened on Dec. 29, not long after the Dec. 14 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a deranged man killed 20 children and six adults with an assault rifle, triggering a national uproar over sales of assault weapons.
Some residents in Los Gatos, in light of the Sandy Hook killings, have criticized Larson, police Chief Scott R. Seamon and other city personnel for awarding Templar a business license without public hearings or permits required of businesses that do not sell firearms.