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.
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