California Mayor Proposes End to Private Sales of Guns and Ammo

Mayor Sam Liccardo speaking at a meeting about the Bay Area’s future in January. (Photo: Facebook)

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo wants to stop assaults and robberies committed with firearms at the local level.  To achieve his goal, Liccardo has proposed what he calls a “modernized gun safety ordinance.”

In a press release, the Mayor announced that the proposed ordinance would:

  • Require vendors to include video and audio recordings of all gun transactions, training for gun sales staff, and other unspecified measures to combat “straw purchases” (where a person purchases a firearm for someone who cannot legally purchase or own one).
  • Prohibit the private sale of any firearms or ammunition within or from a residence in the City.
  • Require a license for the sale, transfer, or advertisement of all concealable firearms and ammunition within the City.
  • Require the display of information at all points of sale about local gun laws, suicide warnings, and Santa Clara County-approved resources for suicide prevention and domestic violence.

In the event that the State Legislature fails to address the issue, Liccardo also called for the ordinance to apply to anyone who provides or downloads data required for the production of a 3D-printed firearm or its components.

“While our current occupant of the White House tweets about emergency declarations, a real crisis persists in the 39,377 Americans who died from gun violence in 2017.  The federal government — cowering in the presence of NRA lobbyists — has abdicated its role to safeguard Americans by implementing reasonable firearm regulations.  In the absence of federal leadership, cities and states will continue to step up to do more to keep our residents safe,” said Mayor Liccardo.

“By confronting ‘straw purchases’ of guns for felons and other people who should not possess guns, these reforms can prevent guns from getting in the wrong hands, and offer a model for other U.S. cities and states to follow,” he added.

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Liccardo expects opposition to his proposal.

“We believe we have been very careful crafting this proposal to ensure that this complies fully with the Second Amendment,” Liccardo stated at a press conference.  “Where there are guns there are lawyers.  I am sure there will be lawsuits.”

Gun-rights advocates, like the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition, criticized the proposal calling it “unconstitutional, burdensome and irrational.”  The organization wrote in a statement that it would gladly fulfill the mayor’s expectations of legal action.

“If the city ignores the Constitution and proceeds to pass this awful proposal, we will be delighted to force the city to pay our attorneys hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and costs after we beat them in court,” the organization wrote.

The Mayor’s proposal must first go through the Rules Committee of the City Council and then to the entire City Council for approval.  The entire process is expected to take six months.

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About the author: John Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a former prosecutor and defense attorney with over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts. He has handled everything from traffic tickets to first-degree murder cases and is a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights and the rights of individuals to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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  • John March 21, 2019, 10:44 am

    Net result zero. Just hoping for votes from the uninformed like himself.
    Remember California Senator Leland Yee, wrote lots of gun control laws then started selling guns after he got the prices up. FBI caught him, then he was allowed to be free until his trial, good message to the public that a crooked politician has different rights. Then he asked for a reduced sentence due to health?

  • CT March 3, 2019, 11:16 am

    How about the police stop protecting this idiot! No wonder Kalifornia has become such a shi*hole of a state. Glad I left the liberal cessepool of crap in 2005.

  • Geo L February 27, 2019, 5:55 am

    Maybe Trump should build his wall around New York and along the border of Commiefornia

  • Bad Penguin February 22, 2019, 1:36 pm

    Guess he forgot criminals don’t follow the law. He should be forcing prosecutors to enforce gun crime laws currently on the books.

    BTW Approximately 30,000 of those gun deaths are suicides.

  • Mark N. February 22, 2019, 1:35 pm

    The purpose of this law, as was the tax passed in Seattle, is to force out all the gun shops in town, first by banning all table top FFLs, and second by making it hideously expensive for regular gun stores to stay in business by imposing the videotaping (and storage) requirements. It is as simple as that. The rest of the crap being proposed is window dressing as it covers stuff that is already covered by state law.

  • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 12:50 pm

    This moron mayor doesn\’t even know there is Already a federal law against straw purchases.
    Gun store employees have the right to Deny a purchase if they suspect an illegal purchase.These stinking Progressive-Socialists are hiding behind the smokescreen of \”reducing gun violence\”
    to further their agenda by incremental restrictions.

    • woodyulmer February 22, 2019, 8:28 pm

      “NATIONAL GUN REGISTRY ” already exist, its called form 4473

  • steve February 22, 2019, 12:08 pm

    California all ready prohibits person to person private party sales of firearms, we must use an FFL. We are also limited on private ammo sales being limited to only selling 50 rds to any person at a time, this includes giving ammo away, only 50 rds or less.

  • j February 22, 2019, 11:16 am

    SO…….Protect and obey the Constitution of the U S was not in the oath he took when he was sworn in to office?

  • Moe February 22, 2019, 11:07 am

    So what he really wants to do is increase the sales in the black market driving the prices up. Hey Sam you can’t tax the black market. That whey they call it that, any thing goes.

  • Norm Fishler February 22, 2019, 11:04 am

    I left CA in 1972 for good and have not been back. If I never return it will be too soon. CA used to be a bastion of conservatism, but that is naught but a distant memory. Any right thinking individual needs to get out ASAP.

    • steve February 22, 2019, 12:05 pm

      You are so wrong in your thinking, true conservatives do not run away and hide, they stay and fight the good fight. Encouraging people to leave California is the same as waving the white flag of surrender. Whatever California and New York get away with in gun bans, will eventually follow you, don’t run away, stand and fight and educate those around you. A few years ago I and my friend were at a retreat where between 30 and 50 college students were attending a different retreat. Their is a shotgun range there, my friend and I turned our range time into a shotgun clinic for the college students who went through better than 1000 round of 12 gage ammo with many learning how and wanting to become gun owners. So either become part of the solution or shut the hell up because you are supporting the problem by giving in.

    • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 12:55 pm

      Cali-fornia ex-residents moved to AZ, CO, NV, and now, TX.
      All those states are turning Blue, and enacting similar ass-backwards policies like CA.
      These idiots leave CA and then try to turn the states they move to into the same hell-hole
      they left! The very definition of stupidity & insanity!

      • john sabin February 24, 2019, 7:49 am

        Kind of sounds like what people from other country’s are trying to do the U.S.
        Well put ….The very definition of stupidity & insanity!

  • BigRick13 February 22, 2019, 11:00 am

    So the honest people will comply as the criminal element will go on as before, unchecked and not policed.
    Even more so if il legally in the bay area. They do no harm, right. Poor souls…

  • Randy February 22, 2019, 10:27 am

    This is no surprise coming out of Commiefornia – the land of the fruits, nuts, and twigs!

  • Wade February 22, 2019, 10:16 am

    Bunch of idiots. The city’s residents will just go to some other town to buy ammo or firearms. The issues that they want to ‘prevent’, straw purchases, felons in possession, etc are already against the law.

    As for a ‘concealable ammo’, really? That covers anything that’s ‘man portable’ small arms. I think that stops at about the 40mm Bofors as far as size goes.

    They can ‘prohibit’ all they want, criminals will still be criminals and disregard their proposed laws. It is already required that all firearms sales in CA throughout the state go through a 01FFL.

    • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 1:02 pm

      You do understand their plan, right?1) Lax enforcement of existing laws.
      2) Leads to cry for more restrictive laws.
      3) New laws do zero to stop violent crime.
      4) Repeat 2)
      5) End game— complete outlawing of private firearms.

  • FirstStateMark February 22, 2019, 10:13 am

    Elected assholes.

  • Thaddeus Messenger February 22, 2019, 9:40 am

    Naming private sales of firearms? Huh? What’s the point? They’re ALREADY practically banned in that ALL private transfers must be mediated by an FFL01 and a DROS (Dealer Record of Sale) filed with a background check and 10-day waiting period.
    There is no “gun show loophole” in California.

    • steve February 22, 2019, 12:11 pm

      Well said

    • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 1:07 pm

      You still have gun shows in Cali-fornia?
      Oh just wait, that\’ll be next on the chopping block.The Progressive-Socialist rabid gun-banners in Ft. Lauderdale pressured the city to not allow
      the gun show at a public venue that has been held there for about the last 30 years.
      They won.

  • Terry February 22, 2019, 7:17 am

    Idiots in government.
    If you are really concerned about gun crime, come up with a plan to arm law abiding citizens.
    This would and already has eliminated criminals with guns.

  • SuperG February 21, 2019, 11:26 am

    The simplest of responses to this would be “Sieg Heil”.

    • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 1:11 pm

      …or, tip-off a couple of Illegals that the mayor will be carrying $10k cash on him when he leaves \”work\” that day. Don\’t worry, nothing will happen to the Illegals even if caught; sanctuary state.
      The mayor? Oh well….

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