UPDATE: Gun Store Removes Sign After Public Backlash

The mayor said a sign that reads "Twinsburg Public Safety and Firearms Coming Soon" should never have been posted.

Twinsburg residents expressed anger and outrage last week over a proposed gun shop, our news partner WEWS Channel 5 reports.

  •  “I think it’s a horrible idea,” said Krystal Lee, a Twinsburg cosmetology student.
  • “I’m unhappy about it,” said Joyce Kropf, a Twinsburg resident.
  • “What is the city thinking?” said Randy Nock, another Twinsburg resident on Twitter.

Last week, the city’s mayor said the business owner posted a sign that said “Twinsburg Public Safety and Firearms Coming Soon” at the former Pete’s Home Bakery location at 10683 Ravenna Rd.

UPDATE: The Twinsburg Bulletin reports the sign was removed following the community's backlash. 

Procop said the owner didn’t have approval to put the sign up because the city hasn’t received a business application from him yet.

The owner of Twinsburg Public Safety and Firearms couldn’t be reached for comment, but on the business’ Facebook page, it read:

“We had extensive conversation with the city of Twinsburg building department, and during those conversations, we were assured the current zoning allowed us to operate as a firearms retailer. We have verbal and written approval to do so.”

Procop said the store would be better suited in what’s called an interchange district – a place with fewer residences, schools and neighborhood businesses.

“Especially with everything going on in the news right now, all the shootings, I think it’s a horrible, horrible idea,” Lee said.

The owner, who the mayor said tried to open a gun shop in Twinsburg’s historical district earlier this year but was denied, has until Thursday to take the sign down or apply for a temporary business permit.

For the full story and more comments from the mayor, read the entire WEWS article. 

Brandon Fisher May 01, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Everyone is so "gun" shy no pun intended these days. It seems like common sense has left them. Simple fact is a "RESPONSIBLE" gun owner, shop owner / firearms dealer won't ever be a problem. But the emphasis is on RESPONSIBLE. I think more times than not peoples hesitation when comes to firearms is a based on fear from a great lack of knowledge about them. I do think that the business owner could have made sure they jumped through all the hoops before posting a sign. That is just smart business relations.
Carl S May 01, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Oh geeze :-(. Wht is anyone making a big deal about this gunshop? Its close to a daycare? We all love our children,but trying to stop this from opening there is just stupid. No, I have no interest/ownership in this business. I will probably never go in there. But its just stupid with being a worrywort. Its not like a fireworks plant!! good grief Charlie Brown.
Michael Millet May 01, 2013 at 03:07 PM
In a time where municipalities are longing for business to open, even small privately owned businesses, I would hope we would welcome a responsible new owner to open their doors. If a firearms shop has received all of the required permits from ATF etc, to function as a dealer, then they have already shown their responsible. What is needed today is more public education of the facts regarding things like gun ownership, use, and CCW, rather then scare tactics or misinformation so widely seen today. If they do everything asked of them then, I hope they can open soon! Having a variety of places to shop at is always nice. Not only that, but from what I have heard, it seems like they would love to be active in supporting the community of Twinsburg in a variety of ways! Now that is awesome.
nevAuMind May 01, 2013 at 03:31 PM
You people better wake up. Get a firearm , learn how to use it and lock it in a safe place. Do you really think criminals get their firearms from a store that sells them? They are doing it for YOUR benefit. Have you seen what is behind the Get Go in Twinsburg? Did you know that Get Go requires an off duty Twinsburg Police officer to be on duty after 6:00pm because of the crime that occurs due to the criminals who reside behind the gas station. It is Section 8 over there. Do you really think that they wouldn't love to break into your home ? Secured with an alarm or not you are not safe. Look at what happened to the couple who's daughter was dating a thug . They were bludgeoned to death while they were sleeping. Take the blinders off and look at the world the right way, you have a duty to protect your children if you don't care enough about yourself. I dare someone to try to break in to my home.
Brian May 01, 2013 at 06:23 PM
From my knowledge they've tried 3 different locations in our city. All of which were denied due to zoning. Now that they are in the correct zoning for the business they wand to open the mayor wants to bad mouth them and make them look like they are doing something wrong. She specified she doesn't want it to become a destination in her interview... WHY WOULDN'T YOU WANT PEOPLE TO COME TO "YOUR" CITY TO BUY THINGS!?!? I am stoked for this store to open. The daycare should not be worried. They can reserve the right to sell a firearm to anybody they see unfit. Not to mention they will be dealing mainly with law enforcement...AKA cops in and out of that area way more often. People need to stop comparing anything gun wise to a school shooting.
Brian May 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Oh and there is no historical district in Twinsburg. Our mayor is a joke.
Dawn May 01, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I know the owner and thinks its a great idea.. You people who are so against a gun store or guns need to pull your heads out of your@@@.. People who do all of these terrible things arent going to go into his gun store and buy a gun.. I have a ton of guns in my home i know how to use them and have been trained.. Maybe you people who are so against guns should actually go to a class and get some knowledge... You would think you people would want new businesses in Twinsburg, not trying to push good people out..
acrazyhun May 02, 2013 at 12:15 AM
If zoning allows it,let it be, They have the same rights as the day care,and bar. you don't like it MOVE, Mayor don't like it Leave, resign,We live in the USA, The city needs to quit running things as dictators
Carl S May 02, 2013 at 11:06 AM
This article starts with "Residents unhappy with opening of gun store". Apparently they arent unhappy. It is the people that were voted in to represent us that have the problem. Think about that on election day huh? See how the media manipulates us each and every day? Sensationalizing the news headlines. Happens all day long, every day of the week.
Peter Hale May 02, 2013 at 11:44 AM
THANK YOU BRIAN! The so- called Historical District is going to be minus one more Historical Building soon, if the Mayor gets her way. The City is planning on tearing down the Old School even thought it meets every criterea for preservation.
Kat May 02, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Having a gun shop isn't the problem, having ignorant merchants and biased city leaders is. Unfortunately, a few irresponsible consumers purchase dangerous weapons and treat them like a new toy or collector's item in a trophy case. Bottom line, be careful with the sell and purchasing of firearms. Be responsible and put them in their proper place. Again, the store isn't the problem!
Jackie May 02, 2013 at 02:32 PM
WORD, Brian! She is a sorry excuse for a Mayor.
Jackie May 02, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Exactly, well said. I, for one, am happy to know that a proactive solution to the potential issues that may arise from Twinsburg's OWN Little Ghetto is right there. Protection. Learn about it, and act responsibly. If there is a break-in at your home, no one is going to hear you scream. Get a firearm and use it.
Jackie May 02, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Woot Woot!!!
Jackie May 02, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Woot Woot!
Jackie May 02, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Seems to me that the Mayor and this story writer are unhappy. SO SORRY to see you do not respect the Second Amendment.
James Thomas May 02, 2013 at 10:04 PM
How much will you bet that that bakery will never get robbed?
Adam Zendarski May 04, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Why does anyone care if another gun store is established anyway, we have Gander Mountain, a well respected gun store here in Twinsburg. Why would adding another one hurt?
Carl S May 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
well spoken Adam. Makes perfect sense.
Grace May 06, 2013 at 01:44 PM
So it's okay to have a "Cash for Gold" place and a "roll your own cigarette" store in the 'Historical District' but its not okay for a licensed Firearm retailer??? Priorities I guess, right?
Gbos May 06, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Can someone please correct the headline on the main page - "Plammed"?
Gbos May 06, 2013 at 07:13 PM
The Biz May 06, 2013 at 10:26 PM
So far every response here was in favor or allow it to open. How many people did Channel 5 have to talk with to get several negative responses? News media in action. Why would a city not want a new business in this economy?
Carl S May 06, 2013 at 11:51 PM
dont forget about the check cashing place in the heart of the "historic district".ha what a joke. Isnt it odd, how the media "leads" people? Channel 5....they are about as reputable as MSNBC, the "Obama Channel"
Adam Zendarski May 07, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Hey, let's give the author of this story a round of applause for having ONLY 3 individuals to base her story on. Let's not forget that those 3 quotes of propaganda are biased against rightful, sincere gun owners. And republicans and libertarians are the biased ones? And another thing, why did the mayor become a backstabber? She'll be 65 next mayoral election. It's time for her to retire. You want to know what's worse than a gun store being established? Seeing high school kids (under 18) being sold cigar rolling materials at Roll Your Own. How about how those same kids use cigar rolling materials to roll their own blunts? But that won't make the headlines.
Brandon Fisher May 09, 2013 at 03:26 PM
The media only lets the people know what they want them to know. Adam, Good point about the roll your own place.


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