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Posted: 10/19/2006 5:57:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/19/2006 5:59:18 AM EST by MetaPhaze]

Gun sale ban OK’d for E. Dundee historic area

By Jameel Naqvi
Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Thursday, October 19, 2006

In a rare lapse of party discipline, Trustee Rob Gorman broke with his traditional allies on the East Dundee village board Monday night and voted with the majority to ban gun sales in the historic district.

The measure passed 4-3, with Gorman casting the deciding vote.

With the exception of Gorman, the ordinance split the board along usual lines, with Gorman’s traditional allies Dan O’Leary, Jim Carlini and Frank Scarpelli on one side and Village President Jerry Bartels, Paul VanOstenbridge and Mike Ruffulo on the other.

O’Leary and Scarpelli wanted time to discuss the measure with the only downtown business that now sells guns, M-M Sporting Goods at 215 Barrington Ave. The ordinance would not affect the store because new building-use regulations cannot exclude a business that previously was allowed.

M-M sparked the controversy when it displayed a poster of a six-shooter in the store window. Nearby residents concerned about guns being sold so close to their homes contacted their elected officials. The poster has since been taken down.

Trustees who voted for the ordinance reiterated the fact that it would not affect M-M Sporting Goods.

“This doesn’t concern him,” Ruffulo said.

Board members who favored the new regulation stressed that it was not a gun ban but merely prohibits the sale of guns in the historic district.

“You can open gun shops in East Dundee,” Gorman said. “You just can’t open it in our downtown district.”

Wal-Mart — which is scheduled to leave the village in 2008 — is the only business outside the historic district that sells guns in East Dundee.

Board members said gun shops were not appropriate for the historic district because it overlaps a residential area.

“There’s a place for everything, and that part of town is not the place for it,” Bartels said.

Gorman called his vote “a historic moment on this board.” He expressed surprise that the board was not united on the issue.

“I thought this board had consensus over not having gun stores in the downtown district,” Gorman said.

Officials on both sides of the debate said the impact of the ordinance is not as significant as the concern of some East Dundee residents suggests. The ordinance will not increase or decrease the number of gun stores currently in the village.

“It’s more to appease the people than anything else,” Carlini said.

Thom McNamee, landlord of M-M Sporting Goods, said the measure is an overreaction that forces the views of a small minority onto all the residents.

“It’s nothing but hysteria and hyperbole of residents that need to get a life,” McNamee said.
Link Posted: 10/19/2006 7:43:02 AM EST
, Sux.
Link Posted: 10/19/2006 10:26:12 AM EST


“It’s nothing but hysteria and hyperbole of residents that need to get a life,” McNamee said.
Link Posted: 10/20/2006 12:52:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/20/2006 12:57:34 PM EST by eswanson]
Wow...I'm shocked. That town has changed since I lived there. I can tell you that there's no way that kind of bullshit would've happened when my dad was mayor.

Jerry Bartels was my best friend from kindergarden through high school. If I go to my 20th high school reunion next month, I'll give him shit about this.
Link Posted: 10/21/2006 6:19:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By eswanson:
Wow...I'm shocked. That town has changed since I lived there. I can tell you that there's no way that kind of bullshit would've happened when my dad was mayor.

Jerry Bartels was my best friend from kindergarden through high school. If I go to my 20th high school reunion next month, I'll give him shit about this.


Link Posted: 10/22/2006 10:23:28 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/22/2006 12:39:33 PM EST
I think we should all dress in camo, NRA, gun site shirts and stroll the town...then go and check out M-M Sporting Goods.

Link Posted: 10/23/2006 9:55:08 AM EST
if it smells like it then it must be!
Link Posted: 10/25/2006 8:19:15 PM EST
IVE BEEN BY THERE 4 TIMES, PLACE IS NEVER OPEN.hinking.gif
Link Posted: 10/26/2006 2:33:45 AM EST

Originally Posted By sksAL:
IVE BEEN BY THERE 4 TIMES, PLACE IS NEVER OPEN.


Welcome to the site. Now turn your caps lock off.
Link Posted: 10/26/2006 10:54:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By sksAL:
IVE BEEN BY THERE 4 TIMES, PLACE IS NEVER OPEN.


Open after 4.30 on most days. He must still have another job.

AFAIK, he needs this store to be his "brick and motar" place of business for his FFL.

I see Mike at the fun shows...


efxguy
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 7:24:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By eswanson:
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LOL! Hope Illinois doesn't get any worse after the elections.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:15:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/28/2006 5:24:04 AM EST by sksAL]
sorry.whats, brick and mortar a requirement the ffl has to operate from?
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 2:35:29 PM EST
Means he needs a store front to sell his stuff. Kitchen table FFL dealers for some reason are frequently frowned upon in many towns...
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