ALERT!!! ALERT!!! ALERT!!!
THE CITY OF GLENDALE IS CONSIDERING A BAN ON THE SALES OF FIREARMS IN AN AREA THAT WOULD RESULT IN THE CLOSURE OF THE GLENDALE GUN SHOW!
Your Attendance at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday is Critical!
Glendale City Councilman Rafi Manoukian is trying to exploit emotions from the Connecticut tragedy to pass an anti-gun ordinance which would only affect and penalize law-abiding firearms owners, instead of focusing on meaningful measures relating to school safety, mental health issues, marketing of violence as entertainment for our children and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals. The Glendale City Council moved its discussion of this onerous anti-gun proposal from last week to Tuesday, January 22. We are sure this move was made in hopes of less pro-gun citizens attending the next city council meeting who would express their opposition to Manoukian’s proposed anti-gun ordinance.
At its meeting last week, the city council members changed the procedures that were previously announced and would not let citizens speak until the end of the meeting against this proposed ordinance that would ultimately ban the Glendale gun show. City council members would not even listen to ideas from its citizens on child safety or supporting an NRA Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program which teaches children from pre-K to third grade gun accident prevention.
Here is what you can do to help:
- Contact the Glendale City Council and tell them not to take any action that would result in the closure of the Glendale Gun Show. Send the Glendale City Council members a message by sending an email using the NRA Members’ Council “One-Click” system at http://www.calnra.com/legs.shtml?summary=glendale&year=2013 (NOTE: One email sent via the “One-Click” delivers an email message to each of the City Council members.) Since all of the City Council members are receiving the same message, you might want to address your message with “Dear Council Member,” or something similar.
- Plan to attend the Glendale City Council Meeting on January 22nd and voice your opposition to the proposed ordinance. The location is: COUNCIL CHAMBER, City Hall — 613 E. Broadway, 2nd Floor, Glendale, California
- Sign-up as an NRA volunteer at http://www.calnra.com/volunteer/
- Stand by for further ways to help the NRA work to save the Glendale Gun Show
REASONS WHY BANNING THE GLENDALE GUN SHOW IS A BAD IDEA
1. The Glendale Gun Show is already heavily regulated. All federal, state, and local laws must be adhered to at the gun show, which means firearms are not generally transferred on the property the day of the show. People select a firearm, fill out the paperwork, and then go pick the firearm up at ANOTHER location from a licensed dealer 10 days later, after they have passed a background check
2. The Gun Show brings in significant revenue to the City, over $54,000 directly (and who knows how much indirectly from restaurants, gas stations, etc.) in 2012.
3. An ordinance banning the gun show is a solution in search of a problem, based on emotion. There appear to be zero instances of crimes or accidents with firearms at or around the gun show in its history spanning approximately 20 years.
4. Alameda County banned gun shows on its property and was sued for violation of the First and Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Equal Protection Clause. Thirteen years and hundreds of thousands of dollars later the case remains unresolved, with the County ultimately interpreting its ordinance to allow gun shows on its property and plaintiffs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to confirm they are entitled to attorneys’ fees in excess of $1 million. See Nordyke v. Alameda County. The City of Glendale will almost certainly be sued in a similar case if it passes the proposed ordinance.
5. What exactly will banning the gun show achieve for Glendale other than deprive the City of the significant revenue it takes in from the show and invite a costly lawsuit like Nordyke, which could result in the City paying the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees on top of its losses?
6. Banning the gun show was proposed in 2006 and was rejected. It was a bad idea then and it is a bad idea now.
7. It is offensive that some members of the City Council would admittedly exploit the tragic murder of innocents in Connecticut as a pretext to resurrect a political plan they have obviously wanted to employ for several years.
8. Any emotionally-based action, by an elected or appointed public official, is a bad idea if it does not also have a basis in fiscal and social responsibility. The loss of the steady stream of revenue, resulting from the gun show, is bad enough. But eliminating a highly regulated venue that requires that only lawful firearms transactions can occur is socially negligent.
9. The promoter of the Glendale Gun Show has a contract with the city and has had one for quite some time, and the city of Glendale would be in breach by taking any action that would prohibit the promoter from hosting his show.
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** Even if you don’t live near the Glendale Gun Show, please get involved and lend your voice to ours! We must all stand together and fight to protect our freedoms — all across the state and even across the country.
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