Follow Up Note
NRA/CRPA/CALGUNS City Of Azusa Update - Please read
AZUSA CITY COUNCIL DROPS PROPOSED ZONING REGULATIONS AFFECTING FIREARMS DEALERS FROM ITS AGENDA
On October 3, 2011, the Azusa City Council voted to pass on first reading a proposed ordinance which would amend various sections of Chapter 88 of the Azusa Municipal Code and place onerous new restrictions on firearm vendors.
If enacted, the proposed ordinance (“Code Amendment 233”) would, among other things, amend the City of Azusa’s Development Code to require a special Use Permit for businesses selling retail firearms, and prohibit these businesses from operating in or next to residential zones, or within 500 feet of any school or church.
The proposal was scheduled to come before the Azusa City Council again for final enactment on October 17, 2011. On Thursday, October 13, 2011, after being made aware of the issue, attorneys from Michel & Associates, P.C. submitted a letter to the City of Azusa on behalf of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) opposing the proposed ordinance.
The letter detailed the issues with the proposed ordinance, and laid out how it violated various constitutional principles, including the First and Second Amendments. The letter also pointed out how the City of Sunnyvale recently rejected a similar ordinance, and noted that Sunnyvale’s Staff Report on the issue indicated that “there ha[d] been no evidence of increased crime, property devaluation or land use incompatibilities as the result of the businesses,” and that Sunnyvale “staff ha[d] not identified any adverse land use impacts associated with a firearms store.”
At the October 17, 2011 Azusa City Council meeting, the provisions of the proposed ordinance relating to firearms were tabled. Whether this means the City Council is rejecting the ordinance altogether or it is just following procedure remains to be seen.
The NRA, CRPA, and their attorneys will continue monitoring the status of Code Amendment 233 and provide updates accordingly.
Thank You to everyone that attended the meeting.
CRPA E-Flash: City Of Azusa To Vote On Ordinance To Put Gun Stores Out of Businesss
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City Of Azusa To Vote On Ordinance That Would Put Gun Stores Out of Business
At its October 3, 2011 meeting, the City Council for the City of Azusa passed on first reading Code Amendment 233, which will effectively zone out at least some of the city's several firearm vendors. With regard to firearm vendors, Code Amendment 233 would, among other things, prohibit firearm vendors from being 500 feet from any school, church, or other firearm vendor, prohibit firearm stores from being in or abutting residentially zoned areas, and create revised standards for firearm sales that "will be more restrictive than they are currently."
Attorneys for the NRA-CRPA Local Ordinance Project have submitted a letter to the City Council addressing the legal ramifications of Code Amendment 233's provisions, explaining that they violate various constitutional principles and should not be adopted.
The proposed ordinance will soon come before the City Council on second reading for potential adoption today at 7:30pm at the Azusa Civic Auditorium, 213 E. Foothill Blvd.
All NRA and CRPA, as well as all freedom loving people, are encouraged to attend and respectfully, but forcefully, voice their opposition to the Azusa City Council's adoption of this unreasonable attack on lawful businesses that are the purveyors of our right to arms.
If you are not able to attend, please E-mail all the members of the Azusa City Council. Please be respectful but firm in your comments. The more people that voice their outrage, the more difficult it is for them to ignore us.
There is still time to help defeat the adoption of this ordinance, and the NRA-CRPA Local Ordinance Project, along with your help, plans to do just that.
Below is the contact information for for the Azusa City Council.
Mayor Joseph R. Rocha:
Council Member Angel Carillo:
Mayor Pro-Tem Keith Hanks:
Council Member Uriel E. Macias:
Council Member Robert Gonzales: