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Keep Pleasant Hill "Pleasant" -- and Safe from Gun Violence!

Pleasant Hill residents have a right to know when dangerous products (firearms and ammunition) are being sold in their neighborhoods!

--Please contact the City at 671-5267 and ask to be notified of an upcoming public hearing on this issue. Make your voice heard: Keep Pleasant Hill neighborhoods safe from gun violence!

As Pleasant Hill residents, and members of the Contra Costa Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, we were alarmed to read in the May/June Pleasant Hill Outlook Newsletter that the City had approved a home occupation business permit for LNC Arms (Retail Sales of Firearms) on Scottsdale Rd. in the Tres Lagos North development. No one in Pleasant Hill was informed of this -- as there was no public hearing. Neither the neighbors nor the Tres Lagos Homeowners Association were told that firearms and ammunition were going to be sold out of one of their condominiums.

Firearms and ammunition are two dangerous products. Sales of firearms and ammunition belong in a commercial business zone with proper security and oversight. This is not an appropriate activity for a residential neighborhood where the storage and/or mail deliveries of firearms and ammunition creates a public safety risk for children who may play at the house and the surrounding neighbors.

There are some who are arguing that this is a Second Amendment issue because it has to do with guns. It is not! This is a zoning issue. There are many activities that are not appropriate for home businesses. This is one of them -- selling guns and bullets is not like teaching piano lessons. These sales belong in a commercially zoned area where there is proper security and oversight.

It is essential that firearms and ammunition sales be regulated to ensure the safety of persons in their homes. Selling guns and ammunition from the home (whether over the Internet or not) creates a safety risk for the residents in the neighborhood including; the safety of residents in close proximity to the home gun dealer, the negative influence on children in the neighborhood, the possible increase in violence and/or criminals in the neighborhood, trafficked firearms, and the storage of live ammunition.

You can read about this issue in the Contra Costa Times here: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20612246/online-gun-business-based-pleasant-hill-condo-raises?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20680812/after-public-outcry-pleasant-hill-review-home-gun?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com

(Ed. note: you can also read about the issue in Pleasant Hill Patch, and ).

The City of Pinole recently banned home occupation gun dealers after Pinole Police Chief John Hardester outlined sthe following specific public health, safety and welfare concerns -- and residents showed up at a public hearing to overwhelmingly support the ban:

  • Safety of residents in close proximity to such home occupation businesses
  • Possible increase in violence/criminal activity in City residential neighborhoods
  • Lack of sufficient federal or state inspections

Over a dozen Pleasant Hill residents protested the Home Gun Dealer and then attended the May 21st City Council Meeting. You can watch the public comments on video here starting at 00:36:20 - 01:21:24:  http://pleasanthill.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=782

After public comment the council voted (4-1, Weir voted against) to agendize a study session in the near future. Please contact the City and ask to be notified of this public hearing and make your voice heard. There have been two shootings in Pleasant Hill in the last year. We don't need gun dealers operating out of residential neighborhoods. Keep Pleasant Hill neighborhoods safe from gun violence!

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WENDY LACK June 02, 2012 at 11:24 PM
@John Carter: You’re right. Criminals don’t purchase guns legally, nor use them for lawful purposes. Hence the name: “criminals.”
WENDY LACK June 02, 2012 at 11:40 PM
@ Ken Richard: I respectfully suggest that you relocate to China, North Korea, Cuba or one of the majority of garden-spot countries in the world that prohibit private ownership of firearms. Please don’t try to impose your ideological views on fellow citizens who value liberty and cherish the individual freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. A “first step” towards tyranny is not a step that a majority of Americans wish to take. I suggest you “live and let live” -- since a lawful home-based business poses no harm or inconvenience to you.
Bill Sayre June 03, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Wow, Ken... "police and security officers" only, eh? Let's look at this rationally and intelligently. (Difficult, I would imagine for someone like you, but just try it.) First of all, security officers are NOT law enforcement, and therefor won't protect you. It's been my experience that instead of getting involved, they stay back and wait for police to show up. Matter of fact, there's a story making the rounds in the news, where a security guard watches a woman get robbed in front to him, in broad daylight, and he does nothing. And the whole thing was caught on video. More importantly, police officers? Hate to break it to you, but police officers have NO legal obligation to protect you. That's right. Try Googling "Warren Versus D.C.", which was a U.S. Supreme Court case. In a nutshell, the court ruled that the police have no obligation to protect citizens. I'm sure you've heard the expression "When seconds count, the police are minutes away". Add to that, they don't even have to show up. So remember that when your unarmed butt is on the phone at 2 A.M. with 911 when someone is trying to bust down your door to commit a home invasion robbery. And I certainly hope you're not married or have children, since it would suck for them in that situation to have to leave their lives in the hands of someone who is too cowardly to protect them himself.
Bill Sayre June 03, 2012 at 08:04 AM
I second what Wendy said. Oh, and Ken? Like it or not, the Constitution is still the supreme law of the land, including the Second Amendment. So the U.S. government disarming the people? Not on our watch. They'll go first.
Steve June 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
If you want to see real crime look at Mexico. Thier citizens are not "allowed" to protect themselves because they have no second ammendment rights. So now only the criminals have guns and they are itimidating everyone including the police, and dumping bodies in the streets. More guns = less crime. Look at the facts and think just a bit and you will figure it out.

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