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News - June 24, 2022

Palo Alto passes emergency law to restrict firearms shops

City to require conditional-use permits for gun dealerships under new ordinance

by Gennady Sheyner

Responding to a recent surge in gun sales in Santa Clara County, Palo Alto on Tuesday adopted an emergency law that would make it more difficult for firearms dealers to set up shop within the city.

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Posted by Evergreen Park Observer
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 23, 2022 at 3:28 pm

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Thank you, to staff and Council. I

Sales will most likely move to the Internet, or people may move to ghost guns, but hopefully this slows things down a bit. I also hope that non-retail channels are required to do background checks, but I am not aware of what these rules are. Whatever we can do to decrease a 'gun culture' is a positive in my book.

Posted by Chris G Zaharias
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 24, 2022 at 3:30 am

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Ah, Palo Alto, ever the reactionary progressive enclave. You can't solve for shootings without solving for mental health. Only way PA can solve for that is to recognize and admit how messed up it and the vast majority of its citizens are. Guns aren't the problem, certainly not in PA.

Posted by Justin Taylor
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 24, 2022 at 12:58 pm

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Are there any licensed gun shops remaining in Palo Alto?

The last one I recall was the now defunct Stanford Sport Shop on ECR near Stanford Avenue.

I don't know of any others and perhaps this emergency law was more of a PACC grandstanding effort in response to the recent shootings.

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