Gun rights advocates, including a leader of the “Open Carry” movement, vow to pack the Pinole City Council chamber Tuesday to protest a proposed zoning amendment that they say would chip away at the Constitution.
Alany Helmantoler, of Concord, and other local and out-of-town activists have rallied around K. Robert “Rob” Miller, the caretaker at Pinole Valley Park, and his application for a home occupation use permit to sell firearms. They hope to dissuade the council from passing an ordinance that would ban the sale of guns in residential areas of the city and restrict them to commercial areas.
Helmantoler is a state-registered lobbyist with her firm, Civil Action Alliance, as well as with Responsible Citizens of California, which staged an open-carry demonstration in December at Concord’s Sunvalley mall, where about 20 people sporting avowedly unloaded guns in hip holsters, had dinner without incident.
In recent letters to the city, Helmantoler warns that laws to ban home gun sales would be invalid and accuses the city of violating open-meeting laws. City officials say they have complied with all disclosure and noticing requirements.