SOUTHINGTON — Town leaders approved a home firearms transfer and sales business, the latest of several in town.
A former Plainville police detective, David Posadas is looking to get his federal firearms license which would allow him to conduct gun transfers in and out of the state.
On Tuesday, July 21 the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6 to 1 in favor of granting Posadas a home occupation permit, allowing him to run his business from his Jude Lane house.
Posadas said local zoning approval is required as part of his federal firearms license approval. Federal law requires firearms license holders to facilitate the transfer of guns.
Posadas said he’ll help with gun transfers through gun buying websites, either shipping or receiving firearms. License holders charge a transfer fee for the service.
Posadas said the bulk of his sales will be transfers for online sales.
He didn’t expect the business to cause increased traffic to his home. He said there are other licenses registered to holders in residential neighborhoods.
“It had already been done, as far as I could tell,” he said.
Posadas retired after 29 years with the Plainville Police Department. He said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms inspects the safety arrangements for guns stored at his home and also does occasional spot checks.
Megan Schmidt, a Masters Drive resident, opposed granting Posadas the home occupation permit.
She was concerned about legally sold guns ending up in the hands of criminals and a precedent of gun sales in residential neighborhoods.
“This business belongs on Queen Street or in commercial zoning,” Schmidt said.
Christina Volpe, a commission member, had similar concerns about gun sales in a residential area.
“It seems like it’s something that should be handled like alcohol,” she said.
Other commission members asked whether there would be test firing of guns.
Posadas said that won’t take place at his house.
Rob Philips, the town planner, said there are one or two other home occupation permits for gun sales.
Such permits are granted when the business won’t interfere with a residential neighborhood and doesn’t generate high levels of traffic or noise.
He wasn’t aware of any complaints about the other federal firearms license holders that operate from their homes.