A business owner wants to open a gun shop in Newton. The effort is facing intense opposition from officials and residents alike.

Elected officials and residents in Newton are banding together to oppose an effort to open a gun shop in the city. The controversy over the proposed business at 709 Washington St. in Newtonville erupted last week, when concerned residents began contacting city councilors over the issue, according to WHDH . An online petition to stop the shop, Newton Firearms LLC, from opening had more than 6,871 signatures as of Thursday evening, with organizers expressing worries that the proposed location is on the same block as an ice cream shop and less than a mile from five schools, including Newton North High School. “Having a gun store in Newton would undermine our reputation as a welcoming and progressive city,” the petition reads. “More importantly, a gun store will make us all less safe.” In response to outcry from residents, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller issued a statement on Friday announcing steps city officials would be taking in an effort to prevent the shop from opening. “Like many of us, I am deeply concerned about a firearms store which has started taking the steps to potentially open,” she wrote . The mayor announced that in conjunction with the council, the city is working to amend zoning rules to limit the proposed gun shop and any future proposed stores to certain districts. The proposed change would also require gun sale operations to have a special permit approved by the City Council, complete with criteria including a buffer zone between the firearms dealer and schools […]

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