Burbank has instituted a 45-day moratorium on new gun retailers as the town considers whether or not to enact new restrictions on firearms sellers.
The Metropolis Council voted unanimously Tuesday to implement the moratorium, which took impact instantly, and direct metropolis workers to make use of the time to analysis potential modifications to gun ordinances.
The modifications might embody indefinitely suspending the issuance of recent licenses, permitting the variety of gun shops in Burbank to say no by way of attrition, establishing extra necessities for retailers to resume licenses and enacting new zoning guidelines to forestall gun shops from opening close to faculties or different “delicate use” areas.
Burbank has 14 licensed gun sellers, or one for each 7,386 residents — a focus practically 15 occasions larger than within the metropolis of Los Angeles, in line with a workers report commissioned this 12 months to review gun shops in Burbank and their results on crime.
The focus can also be larger than in cities corresponding to Pasadena and Glendale, the report mentioned.
“We hear and perceive the neighborhood’s issues relating to firearms and firearm retailers in Burbank,” Mayor Jess Tamalantes mentioned in an announcement, “which is why Metropolis Council advocates for measures that search to maintain our neighborhood secure whereas additionally defending a person’s proper to lawfully bear arms beneath the Second Modification.”
The assessment didn’t discover that firearms sellers created “an inordinate demand for public security providers,” metropolis officers mentioned in a launch, however “their congregation alongside important business corridors raises issues for sustainable and economically numerous retail areas.”
The council additionally mentioned it might take into account implementing ordinances relating to ghost weapons and a gun buyback program.