Gun ‘Nuts’ Reload for Showdown Tuesday

April 4, 2010

By Brian Donahue

They’re Going To Have Every Council Member Removed

High noon will come at precisely 7:15 P.M. Tuesday. That’s when the final showdown is scheduled in an epic battle pitting the National Rifle Association, an organization devoted to preserving one of our Constitutionally guaranteed rights, versus the Emeryville city council, a group hell bent on eviscerating that right.

At least that’s how NRA members are characterizing the proposed gun store ordinance. The city council, for its part, sees a set of reasonable and rationed regulations similar to rules applied to other businesses. The regulations have the backing of the City Attorney and the Chief of Police.

The proposed ordinance forbids those under age 18 from going inside any store selling firearms in Emeryville, requires criminal background checks of store employees and other limited regulations. Residents at a March 16th council meeting on the subject called the proposed ordinance ‘benign’ and ‘reasonable.’ At the same meeting, gun rights advocates chastised the proposal as ‘invasive’ and ‘draconian,’ a ‘government usurpation of Second Amendment rights.’
The council’s second and final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Tuesday night April 6th. Gun lovers have promised to double their numbers from the first reading (see the Tattler story on March 16). Firearms enthusiasts have threatened, if the council goes through with the ordinance, to unseat every one of our council members either by recall or by getting pro-NRA candidates to replace them in future elections.
The city council will take up the issue at 7:15 Tuesday night.

6 Responses to Gun ‘Nuts’ Reload for Showdown Tuesday

  1. Anonymous on April 4, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Those gun lovers really should read the whole amendment and be carrying out their duties in the militia.

    Well, I guess I'll get to tell them that on Tuesday.

  2. Anonymous on April 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Don't give up your right to have firearms, it is our right

  3. Anonymous on April 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    "Don't give up your right to have firearms"? This ordinance does not infringe on anyone's right to have firearms IN ANY WAY.

    This is a ludicrous argument. It's meant to obscure, not illuminate.

  4. Anonymous on April 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    There's what, one store in Emeryville, Sportmart, that sells firearms? Background check would probably apply to all employees of such stores, which would limit access to entry level jobs which people with a record need to go straight. Limit background checks to people who work the gun counter, and restrict access to the inventory; store within a store. I see no reason why kids under 18 should be banned from Sportmart or similar sporting goods stores. What's the reason for this legislation anyway? There must be an incident driving this.

  5. Anonymous on April 6, 2010 at 12:03 am

    There's what, zero stores in Emeryville selling firearms….

    More attempts to obsfucate by the gun freaks.

    Emeryville Sportmart DOES NOT SELL GUNS. The whole argument is purposely meant to obscure, not illuminate. That's all the gunners can do…what else is available to a group that needs for a community that clearly thinks this common sense gun store regulation is something they want to reverse their opinions?

    The gun freaks job here is like the republican party's job: how to get people to vote against their own economic best interests and in favor of the corporate interests? Answer: obsfucate.

  6. DesignGirl on April 6, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Great, gun nuts and toddlers. this is going to be an interesting meeting. No more on the closing of ECDC?

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