SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento City Council could soon place more restrictions on gun sales.
At its meeting tomorrow the council will be taking up a new gun ordinance that would allow the city -- and community members -- to have a little more say in where the shops go and what's being sold.
Right now, firearm stores are regulated just like any other business. This new law would require them to get special use permits -- and that changes zoning a bit. These are the same controls that liquor stores, bars, massage parlors and adult book stores face.
Let's say a new shop wants to open up near an existing one, city planners could deny it to prevent over-concentration.
Randy Knott with the city of Sacramento says the aim of the resolution is is public input.
"Nothing against fire arms dealers. You know, they have a place in that city. They have customers. We just want to make sure they go through a public process and there is input..." Knott said.
This measure is being pushed by City Councilmember Jay Schenier -- who represents the Oak Park area. He's also said he'd like to see more gun buyback programs and incentives for homeowners who install gun safes.
Jesse Theodore, co-owner of M & J Gun Trade in Midtown Sacramento, says the resolution serves no public safety purpose, especially given the exploding number of bars in the midtown.
"If you go to downtown Sacramento, there's a bar every block. There's maybe 50 to 100 bars. People do a lot more damage when they drink than with guns," Theodore said.
The council will vote on the resolution Tuesday night.