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Home gun shop proposal turned down

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A proposal for an East side Gun shop inside a home has been turned down by the Buffalo zoning board. YNN's Katie Cummings has more on what's next for the homeowner.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — After teaching gun safety courses for the past year at his home on Adams and Sycamore streets, Howard Slaughter wanted to start selling weapons, specifically pistols from his residence. However, that proposal was turned down at Wednesday’s City of Buffalo zoning board meeting.

"I didn’t see anybody with him to protect his property and he really didn’t have a plan in place to protect his property," said James Lewis III, Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman.

Many people in Slaughter's east side neighborhood opposed the idea.

"Possible theft of weapons that were delivered to the house, about the delivery method of how guns would be delivered and others just did not want more guns in," said Darius Pridgen, Buffalo Common Council member.

Meanwhile, Slaughter says he was prepared to have security measures in place and would not allow the discharging of weapons in his home.

"I would have to show identification in order to sign off on that product coming to the house. It couldn't just be left on the doorstop. It couldn't be signed off by a neighbor. My home is well secured inside and out for safety features concerning that," said Howard Slaughter, of Vernal's Arms Sales.

But the board said a pawn shop on Bailey Avenue had lots of security measures.

"And they got robbed and they got robbed for hundreds of guns and those guns flooded the streets of Buffalo for the longest time and were attributed to many murders, homicides and assaults," said Lewis.

Lewis says Slaughter could operate a business in an industrialized area but not residential. Slaughter says that doesn’t work for his business plan.

Slaughter said, "I may have three clients a month, not 30 a day. There’s a lot of people that have misnomers about firearms and the destruction they can do but I’m totally into educating the community on firearms and firearm safety and the such."

Slaughter says he will look at other options for his business.

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