Most of the concerns from the petitions I have read, is that they are worried about the kids seeing guns on the walls as they walk by our shop to the local 7-Eleven.
A Marines Corps veteran dreamed of expanding his NOVA Firearms gun shop business in Virginia this summer.
After securing a five-year lease at a former Curves gym in a strip mall in the Cherrydale neighborhood of Arlington, James Gates encountered push-back from local resident Susan Newton.
She organized a petition with over 2,300 signatures demanding that the property landlord back out of the lease because the gun store is within two blocks of an elementary school.
“Our landlord is trying to find a way to legally break the lease,” Gates told a D.C.-based radio station. “I’m hoping we have convinced him to give us a chance.”
Gates plans to meet with members of the community and is hoping to address their concerns about his business.
“Most of the concerns from the petitions I have read, is that they are worried about the kids seeing guns on the walls as they walk by our shop to the local 7-Eleven. If that’s the only concern, I can assure everybody that won’t be an issue,” he told WMAL’s “Drive at Five” radio show.