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CA: Maywood City Council Begins Repeal of Residency Restrictions

The Maywood City Council began a two-step process aimed at repealing its residency restrictions during a regularly scheduled meeting on July 11. The second step is expected to take place during the Council’s next meeting on July 25.

As currently drafted, the Maywood residency restrictions prohibit individuals convicted of a sex offense from living in virtually all of the city. A lawsuit challenging the restrictions was filed in Norwalk Superior Court on March 15.

The City of Maywood originally refused to repeal the ordinance, however, the city’s position changed after the judge ruled on May 31 in favor of the plaintiff on a motion for summary adjudication.

“The judge’s ruling in the Maywood case is significant because it is the first state court decision which determined that residency restrictions passed by cities and counties are limited to registrants while on parole,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.

During the repeal process, the parties will negotiate the amounts to be paid for court-related costs and attorneys’ fees. The case will not be dismissed until an agreement can be reached regarding those costs and fees.


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  1. AO

    Awesome! Glad to see another bite the dust. I hope they pay you all your fees and then some!

    • WTF?

      They will use the fines they collect for registration violations to pay court fees……..

  2. Terry Lee

    Hey my brothers hope all is well and hopefully everyone is rockin an rollin! I got a question,been off probation 16 Years, received deferred adjudication in Texas. My question is can sex offenders own a shotgun for hunting purposes? Any one got a clue. Please let me know.

    • AO

      In general, if you have a felony on your record, you may not own any type of firearm. This may even include fireworks (I’m not kidding, while I was on paper, my PO specifically told a bunch of us that fireworks counted as firearms and we couldn’t purchase them for the 4th).

      If you’re able to have your felony reduced to a misdemeanor, then I believe pretty much all your firearm rights are restored.

      Whatever may be the right answer, I’d check with a lawyer before making any purchase. You don’t want to get in serious trouble over something so simple.

    • CR

      I’m in Texas and got deferred adjudication too. I’ve wondered the same thing, but never looked into it. We don’t have a felony conviction, but this article by a Houston-based law firm says that for Federal purposes, a deferred adjudication is still considered a conviction.

      See especially the section entitled “The Effects”:

      You definitely should consult with a lawyer.

    • AnotherAnon

      Speaking of sex offenders and guns.

      Jan Kruska v. Petra Luna on ABC 20/20

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