Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Home Gun Shop in Arlington Gets OK amid Potshots; the Proposal Gave Citizens Group the Jitters, but Man's Neighbors Don't Seem to Mind

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Home Gun Shop in Arlington Gets OK amid Potshots; the Proposal Gave Citizens Group the Jitters, but Man's Neighbors Don't Seem to Mind

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Byline: TIA MITCHELL

David Dick hopes to turn his hobby into a home-based business.

But the description alone of his tentative endeavor - firearms sales and manufacturing - was enough to rattle a Jacksonville citizens group and almost derail his application for a required zoning exception.

Thursday, thanks in part to timely presence of a lobbyist he didn't know - plus support from his neighbors - Dick received approval to sell the occasional gun and, more importantly, create the many accessories that avid gun collectors purchase, such as scope holders, flashlights and trigger guards.

"Gun guys spend lots of money to make their stuff look pretty," he said. "I want to be the guy they pay to make their stuff look pretty."

His day job is operating a remodeling business out of his Arlington residence. But for several years, the 34-year-old has been collecting firearms as a hobby. Wanting to do more, Dick applied for a federal firearms license, but was told he couldn't get one unless the city granted a zoning exception. He filed his application in June.

The Greater Arlington/Beaches Citizen Planning Advisory Committee reviewed his proposal, but sent the city Planning Commission and other city leaders a letter outlining their opposition. Citizens worried about neighborhood safety, it said, and the possibility that guns could fall into the wrong hands.

Dick had a problem with that.

He had researched every other business in the city that had received the license that he sought. Using Internet mapping sites, he determined that out of more than 60 businesses with that license in Jacksonville, eight were homes like his. One even had the same manufacturing rights that he wanted.

That meant the Planning Commission must have granted a similar zoning exception at least once in the past, he thought. So when his time to testify before the Planning Commission came on Thursday afternoon, Dick reminded the commission that there was a precedent for approving zoning exceptions like this. …

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