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Davenport Man Wants to Sell Guns Out of Home

Updated: May 9, 2013 10:20 PM CDT
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"I truly see it no different than if somebody was trying to set up a home-based daycare," Alderman Bill Edmond tells TV6. But in this case, a Davenport man wants to sell guns out of his garage, and neighbors are up in arms.

Charles Egert says guns don't bother him, unless they are in his backyard. He's lived in his Northwest Davenport home for 22 years. "It's residential, nobody bothers anybody most of the time," he says. But he tells us he's concerned that will change if his neighbor gets the okay to sell guns out of his garage.

His neighbor, Kye Staples says, "I've been passionate abut firearms since I was young."  An avid hunter and Marine Corps veteran Staples has been already been selling ammunition and accessories. He has been in the Gun Cave since February. Now he wants the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment to grant a "home occupation permit" that lets him sell firearms as well.

"I think if firearms are handled responsibly, and the sales and transactions are done correctly, they can be beneficial," he says. And his alderman agrees. Edmond says, "I completely support this young man in his endeavor. I've already got one of these in my ward and I've had exactly zero complaints from it."

But neighbors we talked to are already on record with concerns about traffic congestion, potential crime and more. Egert says, "If they ever had a fire, somebody could get killed then. Because if the firemen come over there and the bullets are firing all over the place."

Staples says neighbors are borrowing trouble. And he's surprised at how much attention this is getting. "I am running everything legitimate. And to be honest, it's been beneficial, because we are here to help our fellow like-minded individuals. If you support guns, don't support guns, I'm not for changing minds. I'm here to help people out."

Staples says he would operate with a federal license, and has already talked to Police and Fire, gotten a background check and a new security system. But he was unable to tell ZBA board members that. Just three of five were there, and it takes three votes for an issue to pass. So Staples took advantage of an offer to table the issue, saying he would have better odds with more board members present.

Board members will consider this permit at the next regularly scheduled meeting in two weeks. Staffers tell us members have issued two similar permits in the past three years.

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