Alameda County Sued Over Gun Permit

Gun store owners take county to court.

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    Owners of an auto-glass store who wish to start selling guns filed a lawsuit against Alameda County, which told them they were too close to homes to get into the firearms trade.

    John Teixeira, Steve Nobriga and Gary Gamaza, the would-be owners of Valley Guns and Ammo, claim that county officials arbitrarily changed a zoning law to prevent them from opening up shop, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    The law says a gun store must be 500 feet away from a home, liquor store, or school, the newspaper reported. The men say their store passed muster until the county said that the 500-foot measurement must be taken from the "closest park of the building" that was to become a gun store -- in this case, a brick wall with no door, the newspaper reported.

    The county then revoked the gun store's permit in February after granting it in December, the newspaper reported.

    "It's the antigun sentiment, in my personal opinion," Texeira, 68, of San Leandro, told the newspaper "They just didn't want a gun shop."