Newton Gun Store Regulation Proposal At Standstill

Newton Gun Store Regulation Proposal At Standstill

Although the Zoning Board recommended a proposal to restrict gun shop businesses in town, some city councilors said it felt too rushed. Although the Zoning Board recommended a proposal to restrict gun shop businesses in town, some city councilors said it felt too rushed. (Jenna Fisher Patch) NEWTON, MA — The proposal to amend Newton zoning to make it difficult for firearm shops in town to open was tabled Monday night after city councilors spent a little more than two hours discussing it, at times getting heated. The zoning proposal is one of three efforts that city council members put forward in response to resident pushback from a gun shop poised to open in the city. Now, City Council President Susan Albright said she’s working to figure out whether to call a special meeting or bring it back before the city council on June 7. "I’m in thinking mode," she said in a phone interview. The city council took up the zoning ordinance proposal, after the Zoning and Planning Committee spent hours going over the plan and recommended voting in favor of it. But councilors were split on it, some urging haste to get a zoning ordinance passed and on the books before a proposed gun shop opened in the city, and others saying it needed more work. Councilors agreed they wanted to find an ordinance that would be strict enough to meet the city’s needs but not so strict it would result in a legal challenge. "This feels […]

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