By JIM ANDERSON
KINGSFORD - A Kingsford man was granted a conditional zoning permit Monday to allow gun sales from his home.
Federal and state law regulates firearms licensing for any sales to be conducted by Scott Person of 537 Avery Ave., city officials explained. The Kingsford permit approved by the city council applies to restricted business activity within a residential area, as prescribed by the city's zoning code.
There was no public comment during a hearing held Monday, but the city did receive four letters - one raising no objections and three listing concerns.
The council, in granting Person's request, placed the following stipulations on the permit:
- It will expire after three years, at which time Person could apply for renewal.
- All firearms must be locked and secured within the business area of the home.
- Kingsford Public Safety is to be notified if a license is obtained to sell automatic firearms.
- No "gun shows" will be allowed, meaning there will be no multiple-dealer displays and there will be no unscheduled shopping.
Person was agreeable to all of the stipulations, saying his intention is to use the home-based permit as a stepping stone to establish a retail business at another location.
His permit application used the terminology "sell firearms by way of internet and gun show transactions," but he explained that any gun show displays would take place off-site at sponsored events featuring any number of licensed dealers.
Further, he said, before he can proceed with any sales, his home setup is subject to inspection by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The council voted 4-1 to approve the permit, with council member Brian Smeester voting no.
Smeester said he is far from anti-gun, but his vote respects the wishes of "the three people who don't want it," adding, "It's their right." Smeester also voiced reservations about the possibility of selling automatic firearms.
The other council members said the stipulations in the permit should be sufficient to ease the concerns raised in the letters.
In other action Monday, the council:
- Heard City Manager Tony Edlebeck report that resurfacing work on Hamilton Avenue is scheduled to begin June 11, with completion targeted for July 10. Also, no work will be scheduled from July 3-7. Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain is the contractor for the project running from Union Street (near Flivver Field) west to North Boulevard.
- Approved the appointment of Kristin Kass to the city's Citizens Advisory/Parks and Recreation/Decorations Committee.
- Approved state gaming resolutions to allow a poker tournament and raffle at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Kingsford during a planned May 4 fundraiser for Friends of Iron Mountain City Park.
- Heard Edlebeck report that American Transmission Co. has provided $350 to assist tree plantings, with the funds likely to be used for landscaping improvements at city hall.
- Noted that city offices will be closed March 29 for Good Friday.
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