Chapter 5.60


5.60.010    Firearms sale licensing requirements.

5.60.020    Licensing criteria.

5.60.010 Firearms sale licensing requirements.

A. No person shall sell at retail any firearm within the city limits without first obtaining a retail license to sell firearms from the director of finance.

B. The director of finance shall administer the licensing process, including preparation of application forms and collection of fees (as set by council resolution), consistent with the authority and responsibility given to the city under Penal Code Section 12071. The director of finance may delegate authority to issue or deny a license to a designated representative.

C. No retail license to sell firearms shall be issued, reissued, or extended until the chief of police conducts an investigation and recommends approval in writing. The chief of police may delegate this authority to investigate and make recommendations to a designated representative.

D. No license shall be valid for more than one year from the date of issuance. [Ord. 1040 § 1, 1992.]

5.60.020 Licensing criteria.

The investigation and recommendation by the chief of police on an application for a retail license to sell firearms shall be based on the following criteria:

A. The security of the business premises from burglary and robbery considering the structure of the building, locks, alarms and any private security surveillance;

B. The safety of the public and the business’ employees and customers considering the level of criminal activity in the area where the business is located;

C. The applicant’s criminal history, if any;

D. The applicant’s history of compliance with (1) Title 2 of the Penal Code concerning the control of deadly weapons, especially the prohibitions and requirements of Article 4 of the title on licenses to sell firearms, and (2) licenses issued previously by the city or other agencies under Penal Code Section 12071;

E. The number of firearms dealers in the neighborhood and the city as a whole;

F. The proximity of the business to schools, churches and residential areas and compliance with the zoning code; and

G. The likelihood that the business will create or exacerbate nuisance, police or law enforcement problems in the neighborhood. [Amended during 2007 recodification; Ord. 1040 § 1, 1992.]


Prior legislation: Ord. 732.