Thornton board to consider firearms business proposal

2012-09-08T21:00:00Z 2012-09-09T00:22:28Z Thornton board to consider firearms business proposalBy PAUL CZAPKOWICZ Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 08, 2012 9:00 pm  • 

THORNTON | A firearms business could open in Thornton if the Village Board approves a licensing ordinance and special use request that are scheduled to be on the agenda at its Sept. 17 meeting.

The board last week tabled a vote on an ordinance that would have allowed such a business to operate in the village.

"There were a host of questions (the board) wanted the attorney to look into regarding some language about the assault weapons ban," Village Administrator Jason Wicha said.

Village Attorney Scott Dillner said Thornton has an ordinance that essentially prohibits the commercial transfer of firearms.

He said the business that the ATMA Co.  is looking to open at 567 N. Williams St. would be a firearms training center where classes would be offered.

"And in connection with that he's going to sell firearms," Dillner said.

The original ordinance the board was presented with on Tuesday  included the provisions of Cook County's assault weapons ban.

Dillner said the Village Board directed him to draft a new ordinance that would allow the sale of assault weapons banned under the Cook County ordinance.

"We ban assault weapons, we just don't ban the same assault weapons that Cook County does," Dillner said.

He said Cook County bans not only machine guns, but guns that look like assault weapons and others with high-capacity magazines.

In other village news,

• The board last week approved a tax increment financing redevelopment agreement with American Legion Post 1070 to provide up to a $13,882 reimbursement to resurface the post parking lot.

• The village's annual Pride In Property Awards were announced last week.

"Our Planning and Development Commission each year selects 10 properties (whose owners) have gone above and beyond in maintaining the appearance of their property," Wicha said.

This year's recipients are Cheryl and Gunther Lehmwald, 912 Cherry Lane; David Dotson, 300 Schwab; Robert Jabaay, 104 N. Kinzie; Stuart and Nancy Regan, 111 Laura Lane; Tina Galiano, 904 Sunnyside; Matt Plecas and Matthew Klemm, 908 Sunnyside; Kenny Gardiner and Donna Merke, 35 Indianwood; Carmella Genovese, 35 Arapaho; the Rick family, 21 Pawnee; and the Zylstra family, 15 Pawnee.

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