Putnam leaders set to vote on proposal to erase ban on gun sales near residences, schools

Putnam leaders set to vote on proposal to erase ban on gun sales near residences, schools

The argument over a Putnam County gun shop is coming to a head with a final decision about gun sales in a residential area expected on Thursday. (WCHS){/p} PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — The argument over a Putnam County gun shop is coming to a head with a final decision about gun sales in residential areas expected on Thursday. After months of wrangling, with court actions, planning commission votes and zoning appeals, the final fate of the Valley Outdoors Sporting Goods store should be decided Thursday. Putnam County Commissioners are set to vote on an ordinance variance which would allow gun sales in residential neighborhoods. The man leading the charge in the fight against the gun store says he’s pretty sure how things are going to go. “It reminds me of the good ol’ boy, back-slapping, butt-smacking ‘you did a good job, buddy’ kind of attitude,” David Lowe said. Lowe said he’s been opposing Valley Outdoors since hearing about the store because it clearly violates the county’s existing ordinance prohibiting gun sales within 300 feet of a residence, church or school. He also claims the store’s owner, Glenn Yeager, may have exerted undue influence as a member of the planning commission. “It appears to me that there has been a manipulation — a methodical manipulation — of the system by Mr. Yeager,” Lowe said. “Whether he’s using any of his influence with county officials, I can’t say. But him being a county official himself, he should be aware of […]

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