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File #: 20-361    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Miscellaneous Status: Tabled
File created: 5/19/2020 Departments: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 1
On agenda: 6/2/2020 Final action:
Title: Introduction of an ordinance repealing Sections 3.52.060, 3.52.070, 3.52.080. 3.52.090, 3.52.110, and 3.52.120 of Chapter 3.52 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code and adopting a new Chapter 3.51 to impose new licensing and security requirements for retail establishments selling firearms and ammunition, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.
Sponsors: Dave Pine
Attachments: 1. 20200602_io_Firearms.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors

From: Supervisor Dave Pine, District 1
Subject: Ordinance to adopt new licensing and security requirements for retail establishments selling firearms and ammunition

RECOMMENDATION:
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Introduction of an ordinance repealing Sections 3.52.060, 3.52.070, 3.52.080. 3.52.090, 3.52.110, and 3.52.120 of Chapter 3.52 of the San Mateo County Ordinance Code and adopting a new Chapter 3.51 to impose new licensing and security requirements for retail establishments selling firearms and ammunition, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.

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BACKGROUND:
The State of California has created a strong regulatory framework for the possession and use of firearms. The state was one of the first in the nation to enact a gun violence restraining order law and has the most robust system in the country for removing firearms from people who are prohibited from possessing them. Consequently, California has the seventh-lowest gun death rate in the country and the fifth-lowest crime gun export rate.

In the area of firearm sales, the State provides for the issuance of local firearms dealer licenses and is among a minority of states that impose licensing requirements on firearms dealers (see below); but these state requirements are minimal, leaving local governments with discretion to impose their own licensing requirements. Furthermore, no federal or California law requires firearms dealers to implement basic security measures nor restricts them from operating in residential neighborhoods or near places of worship, schools, daycare centers, or other places where children frequent.

Existing State and Federal Regulations
Firearm dealers are regulated by federal and state laws. Private sales of firearms must be through a licensed dealer. The State of California Department of Justice ("CA DOJ") Bureau of Firearms regulates the sales, ownership and trans...

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