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Home Gun Sales Trigger Concerns In Pleasant Hill - What Do You Think?

Should City Hall aim to step in and prohibit gun sales in residential areas, or does the Second Amendment preclude that motion?

Rick Tedjakusuma wants to buy and sell guns online, using his Pleasant Hill condo as a base of operations. And so far, city hall is giving him the green light. But it might be taking a second look now that the issue has come under community scrutiny.

After a story was , eyebrows began going up. The property managers of the Tres Lagos North development had no idea until a reporter called that one of their residents was planning such an operation, and they seemed none too happy about it.

last month, primarily over concerns about the proximity of large numbers of weapons sold in residential areas, which, by definition, has a concentrated number of residents in the area.

Gun advocates are adamant about the right not only to bear arms, but to sell them from private homes. They fear any attempt to ban sales in one area will lead to bans everywhere else. And if someone were going to attempt a robbery or holdup, would it likely be a business that dealt in weapons?

On the extreme ends, gun control is one of those stubborn, seemingly-intractable issues in which people see things one way or the other, with no hope of reconciliation. But, as with all things political, there seems to be vast middle where reasonable people can come to some agreement.

An outright ban on all weapons seems not only unlikely, but not even particularly necessary. Though tragic accidents happen more frequently than anyone would like, a great many gun owners know how to keep their weapons safe from the hands of children and thieves.

And it is unlikely that most people will approve the notion that fully automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades or guided missiles should be available for home protection or deer hunting.

But the home sale issue is more nuanced, a little trickier. Councilman Michael Harris told the Times that the council, which has not addressed the issue to date, would be receptive to neighborhood concerns, particularly if Tedjakusuma planned to store weapons in the condo.

Pleasant Hill Patch will keep our eye on this issue. Meanwhile, what do you think? Should gun sales be allowed from private homes in Pleasant Hill? Tell us in the comments. 

WENDY LACK May 15, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Anti-gun-rights activist and Pleasant Hill resident Karen Arntzen continues her campaign to erode residents’ gun rights and individual freedom to conduct lawful businesses. This latest salvo in the Brady Campaign’s assault on Pleasant Hill residents’ gun and business rights follows Arntzen’s efforts last year to persuade City officials to stealthily re-write city ordinances to effectively eliminate gun/ammo sales in in the City (see: http://www.halfwaytoconcord.com/pleasant-hill-gunning-for-second-amendment-rights/). The City has properly approved the applicant’s lawful home occupancy permit to conduct business as a non-stocking, federally-licensed dealer (i.e., no retail sales at a residence). To do otherwise will subject the City to liability. One can only assume that Pleasant Hill’s legal advisors will do all they can to prevent the City from going down a path likely leading to costly litigation. And one would hope that a majority of councilmembers will choose to avoid a lawsuit and the concomitant negative PR and resident push-back against elected officials (like Harris) who share the Brady Campaign’s political views. With Councilmember Terri Williamson leaving at the end of the month (http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_20523593/terri-williamson-leaving-pleasant-hill-council-at-end?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com), it certainly is an interesting time for Pleasant Hill to have an even-numbered City Council . . . .
Oliver Klosov May 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM
What part of "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" is unclear? Don't pretend to not understand the intent of the Founding Fathers. The Second Amendment is the most clear and concise law in the books.
Brad R. May 16, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I don't understand the problem. If there is a restriction on home based businesses then that is one thing. To legally sell a fire arm (ever indication is that this is the case here) then there is a Federal Licensing requirement and if they meet the criteria then they are good to go, whether they are home based or not. Take away the 'gun' stigma here for a moment. What if they were selling...Amway or Avon from their home. There is no restriction on a home office and a storage room for your stuff in your house. This isn't going to be like a McDonald's or a 7-11 where it will be open all night and day, there will be times and most likely will be by appointment. So now we have a business that is open most likely by appointment and you are using space in your home to work from. I see no problem with this. Add back in the 'gun' thing and I still see no problem. Legal gun sales from home have never resulted in violence or mayhem. Illegal sales has. You DO have a right to sell guns from a home based business. A lot of them do sales at gun shows in this way.

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