BY FREDA MIKLIN
On June 6, the Greenwood Village City Council passed, on first reading, an amendment to its municipal code to stop licensing new retail gun stores in residential homes in the city. The law does nothing to get rid of the three currently licensed retail firearms operations in homes in GV. Before the change in the city code can become law, it must be passed again on second reading and signed by Mayor George Lantz. The soonest that can happen is July 11.
The ordinance was adopted on a 5-3 vote. Before the vote, 19 GV residents testified in favor of the change to the city code. Two people testified against it, one who owns Tomcat Tactical, the retail gun and ammunition store operating in a residential home in GV off Dayton Street on Powers Avenue that brought about the ordinance and another who operates a retail gun store in his home in Aurora. Mayor Lantz announced that the council had received 23 emails and two voice messages about this ordinance, but didn’t specify how many were in favor and how many were against.
Voting in favor of the ordinance were Donna Johnston and Libby Barnacle, both of whom represent GV district three, where Tomcat Tactical is located. Although there had been numerous complaints about it for years, the council took notice when a resident presented a petition with 250 signatures of GV residents in February demanding that the council do something. Also voting yes were Anne Ingebretsen, Judy Hilton and Tom Stahl. Voting no on the ordinance was Mayor Pro Tem Dave Kerber, some of whose comments brought loud jeers from the 75 people who came to listen and testify, many of whom wore red “Moms Demand Action” tee shirts. Also voting no were both representatives of GV district one, Dave Bullock and Paul Wiesner. Bullock, who voted last, acknowledged before casting his vote, that the ordinance was going to pass, since it already had five votes. Nevertheless, he said he was voting on principle, adding, “When government starts deciding which businesses should be allowed, it’s a slippery slope.” He then read a letter he received from a GV resident who was against the passage of the ordinance. The letter compared the sale of firearms from a residence to the sale of clothing or candles.
We will have a more detailed report on this meeting next week.