A topic in Rocky Hill that had a lot of people talking was the center of attention at a meeting on Wednesday.
On the table was a proposal to open a location for a federal firearms license location. While the town said the proposal is not for a traditional gun shop, the designation has some folks worried.
"I am no fan of guns in the center of town across the street from a historical society, community center and a church," said Edward Chiucarello of Rocky Hill. "Not a fan at all."
The Planning and Zoning Commission met on Wednesday evening where a hearing took place.
Ultimately, the commission rejected the application for the gun broker to set up shop in Rocky Hill.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the governmental body that grants licenses, the licenses enable a person or company to engage in business pertaining to the manufacture or importation of firearms and ammunition. It also allows for the inter- and intrastate sale of firearms.
Online records show that there are hundreds of federal firearms licensed dealers in the state. Typically, those operating with them help with ATF paperwork. After the weapon is ordered, the transactions take place at an ATF-sanctioned location.
Guns are not stored at the locations and there is no inventory.
The controversy surrounding the proposal stemmed from where the business would operate, according to residents.
The location, 790 Old Main St. is near the Rocky Hill Congregational Church, which has a preschool and across form the town hall and an adjacent playground.
Some were worried about a potential gun-free zone violation. From September to June more than a dozen preschoolers are just a walk away...but the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Department says it wouldn't apply to someone with a federal firearms license.
Anthony DeLucia already has the license but works out of his home in Glastonbury, but just to make his life easier, he said he'd like to work out of his accounting office in Rocky Hill.
"Many people I've spoken to are opposed to it. Their feeling is that it's really out of character with this neighborhood," said Rev. Craig Cowing, of Rocky Hill Congregational Church.
DeLucia explained the guns would be kept in a safe and ammunition wouldn't be sold. Each gun would be locked when taken out of the building. He also foresees three or four transactions each month.
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