Scarsdale mulls restricting gun, vape retailers with zoning change

Scarsdale mulls restricting gun, vape retailers with zoning change

The number of smokers decreased 22 percent in New York from 2016 to 2011. Natasha Vaughn, Albany Bureau SCARSDALE – Officials are mulling over a zoning change to regulate the sale of guns and vaporizers, also called vapes. The village’s Law Committee met Tuesday to discuss the latest version of the amendment, which outlines items such as how retailers store firearms and where owners are permitted to set up shop. Village trustees also attended the meeting. The revision would limit retail gun and vape sales to an area that includes a portion of Garth Road. While there aren’t any village stores that sell guns, trustees questioned whether Garth’s soon-to-be reopened 7-Eleven will sell vape devices and liquids. Mayor Dan Hochvert said a goal of the code revision is to protect kids. "What we’re trying to do is keep (vape products) away from areas where there are children," he said. The revised code would prohibit retailers from selling vapes and guns within 500 feet of a school, playground or house of worship. Much of Tuesday’s discussion centered around whether stores already selling vapes should be allowed to continue, or if the village should set a "sunset" deadline for them to stop. Hochvert said he is not aware of any retailer ever seeking a permit for a gun shop in Scarsdale. Talks of amending the village’s code began within the past year. Scarsdale Trustee Carl Finger said the opening of a gun store in Harrison in 2016 sparked interest in making […]

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