Marine Vet's Plans for Gun Shop in Crosshairs

Marine Vet's Plans for Gun Shop in Crosshairs
A petition has been formed to stop a Marine Corps veteran from opening a gun shop at this former Curves in Arlington, Virginia.photo from Change.org

Some residents of Arlington, Virginia are trying to stop a Marine Corps veteran from opening a gun shop in their town.

According to a Washington Times story, local resident Susan Newton formed a petition protesting the opening of the gun shop by vet James Gates, and demanding that the property owner renege on his lease of the storefront, which is a closed-down Curves, in a small strip mall.

The petition has so far collected 1,801 signatures as of the time of this post.

The petition at change.org cites concerns such as the location being two blocks from a school and near two more schools.

"It is unconscionable, in an era where our children are forced to practice 'lock down' drills designed to train them how to protect themselves from armed intruders, to located a gun shop anywhere in the vicinity of schools. The fear of armed intruders permeates their education and placing a shop that sells guns and/or ammunition within immediate distance of schools is confusing to students at best, and sparks fears of access to them at school at worst."

Gates told the Washington Times he expected "maybe a little pushback" but nothing like this.

"They really don't know anything about the shop, what it's going to be—or federal firearms laws, for that matter. They're really shooting first and then asking questions later," Gates said. "What worries me is that the landlord will be pressured to go against his word. We already have a lot invested into this new shop. We put new floors down, painted the walls, bought display cases. If we backed down, we'd lose a ton."

The landlord told a local TV station he was looking for a way to legally break the lease with Gates, according to the story.