Gun-rights advocates against proposed Newton Firearms dealership zoning

Gun-rights advocates against proposed Newton Firearms dealership zoning

While thousands of people have signed onto the “ Prevent Gun Sales in Newton ” petition in response to Newton Firearms looking to open on Washington Street, a statewide gun-rights advocacy group said the store should be treated like any other business. Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) , said he was not surprised to learn of residents’ objections to Newton Firearms. “It’s not uncommon to have the ‘we don’t want you in our town’ kind of thing,” he said. “It’s basically turning into social bigotry” between residents and gun dealers. More: Newton mayor learned of gun shop 2 weeks before many councilors “Considering this is Newton, I was not surprised” at the negative reaction, echoed resident Susan Huffman who is in the process of getting her license to carry. “Newton is such a hard-core left city.” Huffman, the first vice chair of the Newton Republican City Committee and a Massachusetts Republican State Committeewoman, added many residents “on my side of the fence are afraid to speak up,” she said of conservatives in the city. A public hearing on Newton Firearms will be held on May 10. The City Council is working on zoning that would put various restrictions on any gun shop trying to open in the city, including allowed locations, buffer zones, hours of operation, signs and more. Trying to ban gun retailers outright within the city, “will likely be deemed unconstitutional,” city solicitor Alissa Giuliani told city councilors at a recent […]

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