BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
WOODS CROSS — Passions ran strong at Tuesday night’s packed planning commission meeting here, both for and against a proposal by one resident to start a home-based gun and ammo sales business.
In the end, the commission recommended a home-occupation permit, but opponents still have the option of appealing the decision to the city council.
Tyler Murri wants to operate Ty’s Guns, which would offer firearms, ammunition and gun-related items from his home at 1319 W. 1300 South, on a part-time basis.
He told commission members the business would be operational only two or three hours daily С after he gets home from work. He said advertising would only be done online and by word of mouth, and that he expected no more than one or two customers on any given day.
Over the past decade, the city has granted four home-occupation permits to businesses similar to Murri’s, city administrator Gary Uresk said. Only two are still operating. The city staff’s recommendation that the permit be approved came because staffers don’t foresee any negative impact to the neighborhood, Uresk said.
But many living near Murri are concerned for the safety of the neighborhood and of declining property values.
“My concern is with the people coming in,” said Jim Gunnuscio. “If someone buys something and is not happy, what could he do? A neighborhood is not a place to sell firearms.”
Todd Hanna worried that if he should try and sell his home, having a gun business in the neighborhood would adversely affect his chances of selling.
“His home business will be on Google maps,” Hanna said. “That could draw a large number of people to the neighborhood. It affects how people look at houses and will have a tangible impact on real estate sales.”
Just as many people voiced strong support for Murri and his business.
“My son did this in Bountiful and there was never, ever a problem,” Paul Merrill said. “I would say there would be no more problem than with babysitting done in the home. I bet his guns will be safer than any other guns in the neighborhood.”
Murri plans on keeping about 20 guns in a locked safe, he told commissioners. His house is equipped with an alarm system.
Even though neighbors were on opposite sides of the issue, they still remembered they were neighbors. Prior to the meeting, two women were voicing their opposing viewpoints when they found they lived doors from each other. Their talk then turned to neighborhood matters.
Murri still must get a federal firearms dealer license, a license with “pretty stringent requirements,” he said. He has submitted his application and expects he may have that license in a few weeks.