Newton Issues Stop-Work Order To Planned, Controversial Gun Store

Newton Issues Stop-Work Order To Planned, Controversial Gun Store

The store owner did not have a building permit, which is necessary to do renovation work, said the city. The city Tuesday issued a stop-work order to the owners of 709 Washington Street, where a controversial gun shop is proposed to open. (Tim Stehly, courtesy) NEWTON, MA — The city Tuesday issued a stop-work order to the owners of 709 Washington Street, where a controversial gun shop is proposed to open. The stop-work order was issued because the store owner did not have a building permit, which is necessary to do the type of renovation work being done, according to a spokesperson for the city. The store owner never applied for a building permit before starting the work, said Newton City Hall spokesperson Ellen Ishkanian. In addition to a building permit, once the work is complete, an occupancy permit would also be necessary before the store could open, she said. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office said someone by the name of Joseph Kammouj, of Norwood, formed Newton Firearms on Jan. 25. He declined to comment when Patch reached out. Newton residents rally against the shop The stop-work order issued Tuesday came as the city council is scrambling to regulate the zoning of this and future proposed gun shops in Newton, as thousands of Newton residents have asked the city to do something to regulate the zoning of such gun shops. "Every single councilor has signed on to an item that’s very specific about looking into what kind of […]

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