The plans for building a new gun shop and firing range, in northwest suburban Niles, are on hold.
If the village board gives its approval, the gun shop would be built close to several schools, which has led to some opposition.
The Village President of Niles says most of the people who have contacted him are against building the gun shop, but he says the board still has to consider it.
He also says he personally doesn’t like guns but he has to consider the Second Amendment.
Niles currently has an ordinance banning the sale of handguns in its business district, but the courts could overrule it.
“The issue isn’t so much that the facility would be unsafe. There’s just a common sense piece to this. Why would you want to increase the potential of having guns this close in proximity, less than 1,000 feet, to a school,” said NewHope Academy Director Brandy Larrance.
“Legally, we have to look at gun sales as a legal thing to do. On the other hand, people are passionate about the killings in schools.. and the two are associated in a lot of people’s minds,” said Niles Village President Andrew Przybylo.
Village Board members were going to vote on the gun shop’s permit Tuesday night, but they sent the measure back to the zoning board for further discussion.
The zoning board will hold a hearing on July 7.