PARMA, Ohio – The owner of the former reserve armory at 5301 Hauserman Road will be allowed to sell firearms as part of his indoor firing range and civilian education facility.
At a special meeting June 23, council granted a variance to Robert Euerle, the owner of the business, by a vote of 6-2. Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban and Ward 9 Councilman Jeffrey Crossman voted against it.
Euerle, who owns a landscaping business on the property, and his partner Gary L. Walters plan to operate a gun range, federal firearms store and weapon storage. Additional space is proposed to be used as classrooms for various types of courses – concealed handgun, tactical training and self-defense.
Walters is an NRA certified instructor and a retired U.S. Army Infantry Officer as well as an attorney.
Crossman introduced two amendments to the variance. The first would have banned the sale of firearms altogether. That amendment failed by a vote of 5-3, with Crossman, Saban and Ward 8 Councilman Scott Tuma voting for it. The second amendment would ban the sale of any other firearms than handguns. That amendment failed by a vote of 6-2, with Saban and Crossman voting for it.
Several council members voiced the opinion that, since there is already a business in the city selling firearms, they can’t stop another business from selling them. That business is On Target at 5907 State Road.
Ward 2 Councilwoman Debbie Lime also mentioned that the building was constructed as a firing range, so the variance matches the use being proposed.
Walters wanted to make clear what their inventory will be. “We are going to have intermediate powered rifles, which will include AR 15s, AK 47s and other home defense style rifles – no armor piercing ammunition.”
Council President Sean Brennan thanked council for passing the variance.
“Council was correct in granting the variance, especially in light of the fact that there is an existing gun shop closer to residential homes in Parma,” Brennan said. “Failure to grant the variance would have, no doubt, resulted in a lawsuit costing taxpayer dollars.”
Article Source: Cleveland.com