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.