Los Angeles Times

Burbank puts new gun dealers on hold

The city, with more firearms sellers per capita than L.A., OKs a 45-day ban while it weighs restrictio­ns.

- By Christian Martinez

Burbank has instituted a 45-day moratorium on new gun retailers as the city considers whether to enact new restrictio­ns on firearms sellers.

The City Council voted unanimousl­y Tuesday to implement the moratorium, which took effect immediatel­y, and direct city staff to use the time to research potential changes to gun ordinances.

The changes could include indefinite­ly suspending the issuance of new licenses, allowing the number of gun stores in Burbank to decline through attrition, establishi­ng more requiremen­ts for retailers to renew licenses, and enacting new zoning rules to prevent gun stores from opening near schools or other “sensitive use” areas.

Burbank has 14 licensed gun dealers, or one for every 7,386 residents — a concentrat­ion nearly 15 times greater than in the city of Los Angeles, according to a staff report commission­ed this year to study gun stores in Burbank and their effects on crime.

The concentrat­ion is also higher than in cities such as Pasadena and Glendale, the report said.

“We hear and understand the community’s concerns regarding firearms and firearm retailers in Burbank,” Mayor Jess Talamantes said in a statement, “which is why City Council advocates for measures that seek to keep our community safe while also protecting an individual’s right to lawfully bear arms under the 2nd Amendment.”

The review did not find that firearms dealers created “an inordinate demand for public safety services,” city officials said in a release, but “their congregati­on along critical commercial corridors raises concerns for sustainabl­e and economical­ly diverse retail areas.”

The council also said it would consider implementi­ng ordinances regarding ghost guns and a gun buyback program.

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