City of Redwood City logoThe Redwood City City Council adopted an urgency ordinance last night temporarily prohibiting retail establishments from selling firearms or ammunition in Redwood City.

Heightened community concerns have prompted the federal government, the State of California, and several local jurisdictions to consider additional options to mitigate gun violence. The City Council has directed staff to conduct community engagement and research potential local regulations on firearm retailers. The moratorium on retail establishments selling firearms or ammunition will be in place while this research and engagement is underway.

“The City Council has heard community concerns around gun safety,” said Mayor Giselle Hale. “The National Institute of Health and Human Development has determined that gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and youth. Over the next several months, we will take the time needed to carefully develop appropriate regulations for such establishments for future City Council consideration.”

While there are no known firearm retailers currently located in Redwood City, recent inquiries have been made regarding new retail firearm establishments in the City. Currently, a firearm retail establishment is permitted by right within any Commercial and Mixed-Use Zoning District, meaning it is considered like any other retail use and allowed without staff or City Council review. Many of the Commercial and Mixed-Use Zoning Districts in Redwood City are in close proximity to residential neighborhoods, schools, child day care facilities, places of public worship, places of assembly, community centers, parks, and libraries.

The urgency ordinance took effect immediately upon adoption and will be in effect for a period of up to 45-days. Staff anticipate requesting a time extension of the moratorium at the Nov. 28, 2022 City Council meeting in order to conduct research, obtain community input, and review potential zoning changes with the Planning Commission.