Planning board approves permit for gun seller

Adam Rollins, Staff Writer
Posted 5/6/22

Warren County’s planning and zoning board has approved a permit for a gun seller to operate out of a home along Highway U, about 3 miles south of Warrenton.

The permit was awarded to …

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Planning board approves permit for gun seller

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Warren County’s planning and zoning board has approved a permit for a gun seller to operate out of a home along Highway U, about 3 miles south of Warrenton.

The permit was awarded to resident Zach Reece to sell firearms from his home on Justice Drive during the planning board’s April 21 public meeting. Board members voted unanimously to grant the permit, with a slight restriction meant to minimize disturbances to neighboring homeowners.

Reece told board members that he is applying for a federal firearms license, and is registering his home as his business address until he can set up a separate shop.

“This is solely for now, until the point that I can branch out and make a business somewhere in town,” Reece commented. “I have to start out using my home until I can get a commercial business location.”

While operating from his home, Reece said he intends to sell guns through online transactions, and not have physical customer traffic that would disturb his neighbors.

Reece added that all firearms would be stored in a secure room on the property, and that all business transactions and records would be conducted according to regulations for federally licensed dealers.

Two neighboring homeowners who share a private road with Reece’s house expressed two concerns about the business. The neighbors said they were worried that the gun business would include a shooting range, and that delivery drivers moving orders to and from the house would become a growing hazard.

The first concern was quickly alleviated. The permit to operate a gun shop does not include permission to operate a firing range, board members said. For extra reassurance, the board added a restriction on Reece’s permit prohibiting any test firing other than for Reece’s personal use.

On the issue of delivery drivers, Reece acknowledged that drivers who already come onto the private road cause a problem by going too fast. He said he and neighbors have discussed how to limit that issue, and that he is willing to continue working with them to prevent any additional complaints caused by increased deliveries.

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