Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri paid no attention to gun laws until last Dec. 14 — the day 26 people died in the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting.
“We need to do something,” said Spitaleri, 69, a retired Palo Alto fire captain who was born in the South Bronx. “And I got angry, and I said, that’s enough. When do we stop?”
Enter Measure C, a proposal that will go before Sunnyvale voters on Nov. 5. The measure has attracted support from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose major metropolis is nearly 3,000 miles away from the heart of this Silicon Valley city known for its plethora of engineers and uninspired tract housing.
If approved, Measure C would give Sunnyvale some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. The measure requires Sunnyvale gun owners to report firearms thefts to the police within 48 hours, lock up their guns at home and get rid of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Gun dealers would have to keep logs of ammunition sales.