S'ville council shoots down gunsmithing proposal

2013-04-24T21:30:00Z 2013-04-24T22:38:03Z S'ville council shoots down gunsmithing proposalChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

SCHERERVILLE | A Schererville resident won't be allowed to provide gunsmithing services from his home.

James Czech's request for a use variance he needed for the proposed business was denied by the Town Council during a special meeting Wednesday.

The decision came after Town Attorney David Austgen and town staff researched state law regarding local regulations of firearms, ammunition and firearm accessories. They recommended the panel decline Czech's proposal.

Czech did not attend the meeting. During a previous town meeting, he said he would only repair or clean firearms from local law enforcement agencies or when he would receive requests from gun shops.

Town approval was necessary for Czech to receive a federal license to provide the services at his home in a neighborhood near Burr Street and 73rd Avenue.

Some residents opposed the proposal.

One resident said she was concerned the federal license would have allowed Czech to sell firearms in his home, which could have attracted clientele that she and other residents wouldn't want in the neighborhood.

Czech previously indicated no firearms or ammunition would be sold from the residence and guns would not be tested there.

Another resident said she has nothing against the gunsmithing profession, but she thinks it would be better suited in a commercial area.

Czech had said he can't afford to rent space in a commercial area, which is why he asked for clearance to provide the services from his home.

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