FLUSHING, Mich. (WNEM) –A central Michigan home about a quarter mile from an elementary school has been given the green light to operate a firearms business.
The question may not be as controversial as it seems.
The Flushing home was approved for a special use permit by the Flushing Planning Commission to make, modify or repair firearms – a prospect that initially worried some residents.
“I’m always uncomfortable with bringing guns into a community, just because of what happened across the country, including yesterday in Chicago and Michigan,” George Gray said. , resident of Flushing.
Residents were concerned that the home less than a quarter mile from Springview Elementary School and near a daycare center was granted the gun permit.
The City of Flushing’s zoning code subjects home occupancies to several requirements, including consistency with the character of the surrounding area.
“I think based on the information given to them, the stewards probably made the best decision possible,” Gray said.
Clinton Hippensteel applied for the Special Use Permit.
“It’s mostly just a recording process,” Hippensteel said.
Hippensteel would not make a statement after the meeting, but said it would not manufacture ammunition or even modify firearms.
Instead, it plans to keep logs and records, and vet people who buy and request gun modifications.
“A lot of this stuff will be done online as a broker. You must ship to someone with a federal firearms license to give you your gun that you buy on the Internet. What I need is for the FLL application through the AFT to register these firearms as they are made,” Hippensteel said.
“The gentleman’s intent was much clearer when he explained it than it was in the application. The app looked like he was going to make and repair guns at home. But I still have problems. I’m just not a fan of guns in the community,” Gray said.
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