Schererville board to hear gunsmithing request again

2013-03-24T20:30:00Z Schererville board to hear gunsmithing request againChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

SCHERERVILLE | A Schererville resident's proposal to provide gunsmithing services in his home is heading back to the Board of Zoning Appeals for another review.

James Czech submitted a request for a variance to start gunsmithing work at his home, which is in a neighborhood near Burr Street and 73rd Avenue.

Councilman Tom Schmitt said the Town Council discussed the matter, but hadn't made a decision whether it would support the proposal.

Following advice from Schererville staff and Town Attorney David Austgen, councilmen decided to send the request back to the board to examine it again.

That board gave the proposal an unfavorable recommendation during its January meeting.

Schmitt said the board didn't have information about state gun laws and other rules when it first heard the request, so the council wants the panel to review the proposal again.

Czech has said much of the work at his home would involve cleaning firearms. No firearms or ammunition would be sold from the home, and guns would not be tested there, he said.

Some residents told town officials they oppose the proposal because they believe it could increase traffic in the neighborhood.

According to Czech, the gunsmithing services wouldn't be open to the public. He would only take work from local law enforcement agencies or when he received requests from gun shops.

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