Phoenix man withdraws application for home-based gun business

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

UPDATE: The applicant withdrew his application on Tuesday and the item will not be heard at Thursday's zoning adjustment hearing.


PHOENIX -- A South Phoenix man wants to start a home-based Internet business that makes some of his neighbors nervous.

Earlier this month a sign was posted in front of the man’s home notifying neighbors he wants to sell firearms and ammunition.

Even though this business is legal, neighbor Scott Wylie doesn’t want it in his neighborhood.

Wylie is asking his neighbors to sign a petition against the gun business.

"We believe that it's going to adversely affect the neighborhood, security and safety of the children and all the neighbors here," Wylie said.

Wylie's got 23 signatures so far.

Neighbor Joe Kearney is on board with Wylie's petition.

"The timing couldn't be worse," Kearney said. "After 20 young children got killed by a mentally ill person it's just wrong. We need to rethink this whole weapon thing, it's just bad."

According to Alan Stephenson with the city of Phoenix, the homeowner can ask the city to store weapons and ammunition inside his home.

Stephenson said since 2005, 23 permits have been approved like this one in Phoenix.

He also said it’s up to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ane Explosives (ATF) to run a criminal background check on the applicant.

On Monday, 3TV knocked on the homeowner's door but no one answered.  

We're also told if he is approved to sell guns and ammo he could only sell via the Internet.

People wouldn't be allowed to visit his home and buy products.

"I say there is a time and place for everything and a neighborhood with children is not the right place to sell guns," Kearney said.

A volunteer with the city’s zoning department will decide on Thursday at 9 a.m. if the homeowner's permit is granted.

The meeting is public and will be held at 200 W. Washington St., 1st floor Assembly Room C, Phoenix.

If the permit is allowed, neighbors have 15 days to appeal the decision.