Should the City Allow Home-Based Gun Sales?

A public workshop will be held Thursday at City Hall. What are your feelings about this issue? Tell us in the comments.

Do you think that Pleasant Hill should allow the sale of guns from private homes, even if the transactions take place mostly on the Internet?

The city will hold a special workshop on home firearm sales on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the community room at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane.

At issue whether the city should allow gun sales from residences. A permit for such a business was issued last year to a man who sells guns via the Internet. He says the transactions will not involve any guns coming to his home for sale, that he will instead act as a middleman for sales between individuals and gun stores. Still, many neighbors and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence are opposing the city’s approval of the permit. Proponents argue the city should not have the authority to prohibit home-based businesses, if those businesses pose no threat to the neighborhood.

In this case, opponents say that it is likely guns will be stored in the home, and become a target for criminals who may try to steal the guns. Proponents argue that a condition of the permit prohibits the man from selling guns from his home, and that no guns will be stored there.

 The applicant has received his federal, state and local permits to operate his home business.

The police department has indicated no problems have resulted from the home business, nor have there been problems from the city’s three retail stores that sell firearms.

What are your thoughts about this? Tell us in the comments.




Tim November 13, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Any regulation will only limit Lawful gun sales. Opponents would likely oppose the permit in any location. It will not reduce gun thefts/robberies from the home, since neither the sale nor exchange occurs on premises.
Jayne Kroner November 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
No, No and more No's. I find it incredible that is being seriously considered.
10 Reasons to Ban Home Gun Dealers You don’t have to live in Pleasant Hill to be concerned about the ramifications of allowing Home Gun Dealers to operate in residential neighborhoods. Guns don’t stay where they are sold. And illegal guns all start out as legal guns. Sales of firearms and ammunition, two dangerous products, belong in a commercial business zone with proper security and oversight, not in a residential neighborhood. The Contra Costa Brady Campaign urges you to attend the meeting and SUPPORT A BAN on home gun dealers. See our blog for 10 reasons why you should be concerned about having your next door neighbor selling guns and ammunition out of his home: http://pleasanthill.patch.com/blog_posts/10-reasons-to-ban-home-gun-dealers#comments Pinole Police Chief John Hardester said it best: "I understand that people have the right to possess guns and the right to sell guns but people in a residential neighborhood also have the right to a safe and secure home." http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_21967942/pleasant-hill-hosts-thursday-workshop-residential-sales-guns
Inohuh Freeman November 13, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Good try Brady Campaign, but your emotional wish-it-were-true faux-facts don't fly in the face of statistics. No gun ban has ever lowered crime - just ask the city of Chicago. http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/crime-rates-in-chicago-and-dc-drop-after-gun-control-laws-are-struck-down-2/. Oh, and "illegal guns all start out as legal guns," is completely false. There's no way you can back that up and the burden of proof is on you. I'm calling you out. I know you actually believe the things you say, but believing and repeating them over and over doesn't make them true. To bring it back to local politics, this man received the permits he was required to receive. As part of the permit, he will have no guns on the premises. We don't need any further regulation than this. If you don't want a gun, don't buy a gun, but your stubborn insistence that everyone be afraid because you're afraid, isn't helping anyone. You're interference is just making us all less safe and less able to run our small businesses.
kfk November 14, 2012 at 06:11 AM
You Brady bunch seem to be ignoring the fact that THERE WILL BE NO GUNS BEING SHIPPED TO AND FROM THE HOME BASED BUSINESS. Also from a safety stand point a large amount of ammunition in a fire wouldn't do much of anything besides make noise. This has even been tested on the popular show myth busters http://youtu.be/OAK2dDQ-S4Q Also you should remember that there are plenty of homes in pleasant hill and the surrounding area that have guns and ammunition already.


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