In 2009, the notorious gun shop Colosimo’s was shuttered by the federal government. It was frequented by straw purchasers, who bought weapons for felons barred from owning them. Now the operators of the range located behind it want to sell guns there, too.
They say there’s little difference between a shooting range and a gun shop, “but Bryan Miller of the anti-gun-violence group Heeding God’s Call sees it differently […] The operators of a gun range can control how weapons are used there. That’s not the case once a gun leaves the premises. Limiting where guns are legally sold could reduce the number that end up being used to commit crimes.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Editorial Board urges the city Zoning Board of Adjustment to listen to neighborhood residents and reject The Gun Range’s application to sell firearms.