The Atlantic explores how and why low-crime Sunnyvale, Calif., has become a focus of gun control. In November, 66 percent of voters there passed Measure C, a ballot initiative considered to be one of the most progressive anti-gun laws ever proposed anywhere in the United States. It addresses a slew of gun-related issues from large-capacity magazines to ammunitions registration to required reporting of lost or stolen weapons.
Measure C's passage has ignited a fiery debate over the proper place of cities in regulating gun ownership. Sunnyvale is currently fending off lawsuits by powerful pro-gun groups, which say the law violates the Second Amendment. Meanwhile, the citizens group behind the measure continues to argue the Bay Area city was merely taking matters into its own hands to safeguard its citizens against gun violence. The stakes are high for gun lobbying groups like the NRA.