Newton Residents Push For Strong Regulations At Gun Shops

Newton Residents Push For Strong Regulations At Gun Shops

More than 500 people joined the meeting, but not all were anti-gun shop. Monday was the first time residents had the chance to weigh in on the proposed zoning regulations the city council drafted in response to pushback on a possible gun shop opening in Newton. (Jenna Fisher/ Patch) NEWTON, MA— More than 500 people logged into a four-hour zoning meeting Monday night to hear about a controversial proposal that would strictly regulate gun shops in town. The proposal was largely met with approval, though several residents asked for more strict regulations —if not a ban. Several others argued against any regulation, calling the scramble for such "hand wringing," and an infringement of rights. Monday, the City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee presented a comprehensive draft of the special permit process for any firearms businesses looking to open in town, which includes relegating firearm businesses to specific retail zones and areas that are 100 to 1,100 feet from schools and houses of worship. "Newton residents overwhelmingly oppose gun stores in our city," said Alexandra Wolf, a founder of the Stop Gun Stores in Newton Facebook group, which has more than 2,000 members. The group recently presented an online petition to the city with more than 9,000 signatures asking for the strictest regulations on shops. "Gun stores in our midst will make our city less safe." Wolf and others pointed to statistics that indicated the presence of guns can increase the chance of homicide twofold, three-fold for suicide and fatal […]

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