February 04, 2013
Last month, Templar Sports opened in Los Gatos. A store for sports equipment, it carries hunting and fishing supplies and books, including guns and ammunition. There was no public hearing about it since the area where the shop is located, 611 University Avenue, is zoned for retail and there are no gun sale restrictions on the books.
According to a San Jose Mercury News article in late December, in addition to selling fishing and hunting gear and supplies, Templar Sports will be offering classes, many free, relating to fishing and the proper handling of firearms. The same article states that the shop will support the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
With the nation raw in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December, there has been an enormous outcry by the public generally regarding the legality of certain types of weapons. Here, too, in Los Gatos, there has been strong anti-gun sentiment by many.
It is little surprise, then, that the opening of this store has stirred immense controversy, mostly vehemently against (group Citizens Coalition for a Safe Los Gatos, which has circulated a petition to prohibit gun and rifle sales in town) but also some strongly in favor of its presence in town.
Tonight’s meeting of the Los Gatos Town Council begins at 7pm, and this issue of gun sales will be discussed. The owners and supporters of Templar Sports would like those in favor of its presence in town to show up and be heard. Similarly, those opposed are holding a candlelight / flashlight vigil outside of the town’s meeting and they, too, are requesting that those who want to prohibit gun sales in Los Gatos appear tonight.
Personal comment: I would be hard pressed to find any issue as controversial or divisive in recent Los Gatos history. The nearest I am remembering was the skate park initiative, but it was not half as emotional or strident either way. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.
For more reading: Sheila Sanchez of Patch Los Gatos wrote about this earlier today and it includes some supporting documents – for more information, please also see her article –
Gun Sales on Los Gatos Town Council Agenda Tonight