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Residents in midtown Sacramento concerned about gun store opening next door

11:08 PM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A new gun store could soon be opening up in midtown Sacramento and it's drawing fire from neighbors.

A gun dealer is licensed to go into the space at 24th and J streets where Cornerstone, a popular breakfast spot used to be.

The Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms approved a federal license for the potential new gun shop. However, it still needs a local gun selling permit from the Sacramento Police Department.

A gun business is allowed to set up shop without any need for a public hearing.

"A gun dealer is a retail use, according to our city code," Community Development Department spokesperson Greg Bitter said.

"The location was perfect for us," said Manuel Hernandez, one of the business co-owners. "We want to give people a way to purchase and exchange guns legally."

The issue is drawing mixed reactions from residents and businesses in the area.

Jim Wagner with PeraDice said he's not anti-gun. However, he's concerned about the potential business's location.

"We do have schools in the area and it's next to a bar, which I'm a little concerned with myself," Wagner said.

Resident Bill Blado doesn't see anything wrong with the gun business that could be opening up.

"I think most people who are going to come in and buy guns in this area are not going to be the kind of people who are going to go out and buy a hand gun and go shoot somebody," Blado said. "They 're going to be hunters or target shooters or something like that."

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

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