Zoning board looks at gun sales from home

Wilson County’s Board of Zoning Appeals heard several requests Friday. Many of these centered around rezoning for potential businesses.
Jul 19, 2014

Wilson County’s Board of Zoning Appeals heard several requests Friday. Many of these centered around rezoning for potential businesses.

One resident came to discuss the possibility of selling firearms out of his home. The request was deferred at the board’s June meeting to allow for further research. County Attorney Mike Jennings told board members that he had tried to have a meeting with a representative of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, but had not been successful prior to Friday’s meeting.

“I don’t have any answers that I had hoped to have for this meeting,” said Jennings.

The homeowner told the board that in his research, he found a clause that allowed him to operate out of his residence “if I am registered as a gunsmith.”

Chair Rusty Thompson noted that the business had to have a “storefront,” or a portion of the residence that is considered public so that clients can come in to do paperwork.

“I feel like it’s time we either get an answer or say ‘this is how we’re going to do it’ and they can tell us if we’re wrong,” Thompson said.

Jennings said he still planned to set up a meeting with the ATF’s representative, so the request was deferred until the board’s August meeting in order to give Jennings time to get some answers.

Another applicant requested a rezoning to allow for a beauty shop to be operated at her home. The planning office staff advised a denial of the request, and the board agreed. Shane Hall, who spoke on behalf of his wife, asked what it would take to get the business to qualify.

Thompson said only a certain portion of the residence could be dedicated to the business and someone would have to live there.

“Nobody wants to live in a neighborhood where every other house is a business,” he said. “That’s what people are trying to get away from.”

At the Planning Commission meeting that followed, there were a number of plats approved as well as several site plans, including one for the proposed Dollar General Store to be located on Hunters Point Pike.

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