Planning commission pushes for looser requirements for retail gun shops in Putnam County

Planning commission pushes for looser requirements for retail gun shops in Putnam County

WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The Putnam County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the county commission approve a change that would make for looser requirements when it comes to retail firearm sales in the county. “What the planning commission voted on (Tuesday) would be to recommend that firearms (are) struck out of the ordinance as it related to that 300 foot rule, if the county commission approves it, it will be adopted,” said David Mills, a member of the planning commission. “It’s time to get back into the 21st century, a lot of these ordinances are fairly old and this specific ordinance is more restrictive than federal or state law.” Currently, Putnam County does not allow retail firearms sales or pawn shops to be within 300 feet of a home, church or school. The planning commission is hoping to do away with that rule, specifically for retail firearm sales. County officials said this specific requirement has been in place for over 15 years. In July, WSAZ reported that a brand new gun shop in Teays Valley was in violation of the ordinance as it sits within 300 feet of a daycare and several homes. That gun shop is Valley Outdoors, located on Mount Vernon Road. The owner, Glenn Yeager II, also sits on the planning commission. During the discussion and vote Tuesday night, Yeager was recused from the room. Glenn Yeager II is a member of the Putnam County Planning Commission. (Tori Yorgey) “It needs to be pointed out […]

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