Residents seek details on Oak Park gun store

Audience was relatively subdued at Irving School forum last week

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

About 80 people crowded into the Irving School auditorium last week, curious about a gun store opening in Oak Park, but they kept the safety lock on hostility toward the idea.

The South East Oak Park Community Organization sponsored the Nov. 29 forum, after Wednesday Journal first reported plans for a gun store on Roosevelt Road in October. Berwyn resident Justin Delafuente, 27, applied back in July to open Windy City Firearms at 6338 W. Roosevelt Rd. There he plans to sell rifles, shotguns and other related equipment.

The panel included Delafuente, along with Police Chief Rick Tanksley, acting Village Attorney Simone Boutet and Paul Zimmermann, president of the Roosevelt Road Business Association. Questions ranged from how much security the store will have, to why Delafuente picked Oak Park.

"That's where we've owned our building for 25 years, is the simple reason why," said Delafuente, who works for Bull Sharpening right next door. That longtime business is owned by his stepfather. "There was no regulation saying that I couldn't open at all."

Delafuente said he hoped to open this week. The owners don't plan to keep any inventory in the shop. Rather, customers can order items in the store or on their website. Items would then be shipped to the shop within a day or two for pickup. The store will also sell handguns to people who work in law enforcement, along with other gun-related items such as holsters, safes and racks.

Windy City Firearms will have a security system and steel door, but Chief Tanksley asked the owner not to get too specific about how he'd protect his business.

"There's certain things that perhaps we shouldn't talk about," Tanksley said. "But if you would rely upon the police department to work with Justin and make some recommendations in regards to proper security, if you could trust us with that, I will ensure that we give him the very best advice."

Delafuente said his primary customers will be law enforcement officers and hunters. If business is booming, it's possible he may transform the shop into more of a retail operation, but he would never include a shooting range in the space. He also clarified that the shop will pay sales taxes, and possibly plenty, as some of the guns will cost thousands of dollars.

Boutet said Oak Park was obligated to grant Delafuente a business license, as he has a right to open the store under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. However, it's possible that Oak Park might explore zoning regulations in the future to limit the number of gun stores. But the village needs to tread lightly, she said, as it doesn't want to subject itself to lawsuits.

Village officials stressed that they will keep a close eye on the shop to make sure Delafuente runs it properly. Oak Park hopes to open a police substation on Roosevelt in the near future, and village hall can revoke his business license if he sells to a minor or breaks any other laws.

Attendees submitted written questions for the panel but weren't allowed to comment at Tuesday's forum. Afterward, some griped about the business.

Gary Barnes, who's lived in Oak Park since 1980, questioned whether it would really be hunters buying many of Windy City's products.

"There's really no polar bears, there's no grizzly bears, there's no lions, tigers. What do they need the guns for? They're only to shoot people," he said.

Oak Parker Carol Zowaski said she was disappointed to hear that the gun store was opening in the village. She wondered why it's OK to operate the business with an elementary school and preschool right nearby.

"Why would he come here when there's a preschool blocks away? Or why would he come here when he knows Oak Park is in unity against it?" she said.

Zafar Mawani, the former president of the Roosevelt Road Business Association, said he hopes Oak Park is more proactive in foreseeing similar situations in the future. He hopes that Roosevelt doesn't become a dumping ground for other "undesirable" businesses.

"I'd like to see the village increase its commitment to Roosevelt Road to counteract some of the negative impacts of this store, whether it is police presence or active recruitment of other sorts of more desirable businesses on the street," he said.

CONTACT: marty@oakpark.com

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GUNZ KILL  

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 8:45 PM

The guy in CA who shot 7 people DEAD bought his gun LEGALLY 6 months ago. GUNS MUST GO

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: January 16th, 2012 11:57 PM

Man shot in chest in Chicago Lawn Updated 7:45 p.m., 2-year-old Gary girl who was shot in head dies - 8 hours ago. SHE WAS PLAYING WITH A GUN!!!!

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: January 16th, 2012 5:08 PM

If people(not people who are directly connected to victims) get the message and realize the destruction these things do, it has worked. Thanks for playing.

And The Dundie Award For Most Obnoxious Poster  

Posted: January 16th, 2012 4:56 PM

..GUNZ KILL.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: January 16th, 2012 4:09 PM

4 dead, including 2 children, in Fresno, Calif., shooting spree Updated 1:00 p.m.

SE Oak Parker from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2011 2:57 PM

While I do believe Justin has the right to open his store, my issue is the location. I would hope that no one would walk into a school and shoot people with a rifle (can we say Columbine), but it still makes me very uncomfortable that this is across the street from a daycare and e block from an elementary school.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 7th, 2011 9:10 AM

Guns today are being used at an alarming rate to kill innocent people-NOT to defend ones liberty.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 7th, 2011 7:57 AM

Gunz- - The legitimate existence of guns was never for "betterment" but, more correctly the defense of our liberties. The first act of tyrants and dictators has always been to disarm the population.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 6th, 2011 1:55 PM

My point in all of this is WHEN AND HOW is this all going to STOP!!!!!!! Guns are not being used for the betterment of our society.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 6th, 2011 1:54 PM

And More: Guns, bulletproof vest found after 6-hour Uptown standoff Updated 45 minutes ago ......and more:Inbound Eisenhower lanes shut briefly for shooting investigation Updated 12:51 p.m.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 5th, 2011 11:56 PM

Cop investigates murder scene %u2014 and finds his stepson dead

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 5th, 2011 11:48 PM

More gun news that does our society so well.3 surrender after Uptown standoff. "Three people surrendered this evening after a nearly six-hour standoff that began with the arrest of one man in a firearms investigation....."

paul  

Posted: December 5th, 2011 1:31 PM

Is hunting actually legal anywhere in/around Oak Park? I've seen deer in the forest preserve along the river between River Forest and Maywood, but I hope hunting isn't allowed there since a lot of people walk along the paths in there.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 4th, 2011 11:15 PM

GUNZ KILL, have any other ideas besides just getting rid of them? They aren't going away so there must be something else you can post that would be helpful.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 4th, 2011 10:38 PM

2 shot, 1 fatally in West Woodlawn neighborhood Updated 8:59 p.m.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 4th, 2011 10:35 PM

Irregardless Guns Kill too many souls in this world. They must GO!!

Oak Parker   

Posted: December 4th, 2011 9:45 PM

Most of the weapons the cartels come from South America and are of eastern block origin, if not foreign knock offs of U.S. weapons. If you browse the internet for pictures of captured cartels wearpons, you will see that the firepower some of them have is absolutely shocking. You certainly arent able to get working Soviet RPG 22s or 12.7mm DsHK heavy machine guns stateside.

Oak Parker   

Posted: December 4th, 2011 9:41 PM

@GUNZ KILL- you do you know that even if we ban guns here, there are still guns in about every other place on the globe, and they will find their way over here? That was certainly the situation in Mexico. Some say that the majority of the weapons in Mexico came from the U.S. which is a huge misconception. While yes, some did come from the U.S., the overwhelming majority are from South America or other countries.

twinsonic65  

Posted: December 4th, 2011 8:10 AM

Wow, what a thought, profound even! How do you propose that? Great Britain, Australia, and Argentina have done it and the crime have run wild - unless you are one with the criminals - like Occupy Oakland a large group that tried to break in a office building and was thwarted by the owner with a 12 gauge shotgun. The police previously lost half the force due to no tax revenue. The Police couldn't prevent mayhem and crime there. The manpower cuts which is happening all over the U.S.

Joe from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 11:01 PM

I'll have to check this place out. I'm looking for a new shotgun as the GF wants to get in on some turkey and quail action. Not to mention i'd like to sell my old rifle and upgrade for next year's deer season. The best part is the shop is only a couple blocks from the house! no hassles.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 9:05 PM

GUNZ KILL, guns aren't going away. They are in the toy stores, in the movies, etc.. Do you have any other suggestions that would at least help benefit?

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 7:56 PM

GUNZ KILL - you are a typical liberal democrat who believes that compromise means sitting down and everyone agreeing with you. Great Britain has tried your solution and violent crime has gone through the roof. Look a other applications of your logic No cars we won't need red light cameras - No money fewer poor people - etc etc etc

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 7:01 PM

twins sonic- No need to do all that you suggest. Better idea is what I said from the start. Get rid of guns and we have no gun problems. Easy enough. :-)

twinsonic65  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 1:27 PM

Q - I was being absurb to demonstrate absurbity in the part of previous poster - No question about responsibility for the gun owner to secure his/her firearms to prevent thefts or unauthorized use for said arms. PERIOD. Great post!

Hermannr from Tonasket  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 12:49 PM

I don't see the fuss. There is no downside to a legit business that will bring, probably quite a bit, extra sales tax into town, that is now being paid to more gun friendly local governments. A gun is a tool, just like an automobile, and dangerous if misused, but not as dangerous an an automobile...Do you want to ban automobile dealerships too?

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 12:15 PM

twinsonic65, I think GUNZ KILL was trying to say that people who have guns should have them secured from anyone else getting them when the gun owner needs to part with his/her gun. It's just like people who take better precautions with their vehicle by locking it, alarming it, housing it in a garage with an alarm. People carelessly will leave a gun in a drawer or other unsecure areas and during a break in, it can be easily removed. Gun ownership does come with a great deal of responsibility

twinsonic65  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 11:43 AM

O.k. lets jail cops who got their homes and patrol cars broke into and guns taken, then jail gun shop owners who place gotten broken into, then jail all guns owners that have guns because there is a POSSIBILITY that their place gets robbed, then jail the kids that have BB guns and softguns because it COULD lead to getting a REAL gun, and jail kids that use their fingers like a gun, again because it may lead them getting a REAL gun. Then lets jail people who use and write words about it.

twinsonic65  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 10:52 AM

Blaming the guns and the victim - how about a round of sanity in your part and go with reality here? - Here's a change - Vote law abiding, fiscal conservative, Republican lawmakers and judges that will uphold the law. Remember the riots in England?, they used knifes, clubs and bats to break in homes and assualt others - It's not going to stop criminals that force their will on others.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 8:55 AM

How about we lock up perfectly legal gun owners who get their guns stolen from their homes,cars, boats? All the illegitimate guns had to come from somewhere. No guns for all means no guns for all. Every year we put more guns into the universe. When people pass, I think they should destroy all their guns.

twinsonic65  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 8:51 AM

Jack Burton - here is a quote that you would love -- "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to hear there are other views." -- William F. Buckley Jr. So True, so true....

twinsonic65  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 8:28 AM

Ray Simpson - It have been used against underaged gangbangers with a record with great effect. Also some of the folks here mentioned that some of the guns from Indiana came into Chicago illegally - That was GUNRUNNER under FAST AND FURIOUS that the ATF let under Attn General Eric Holder with Obama signing off with this debacle - No federal, state or local background checks whatsoever, and lot of you voted for this piece of work. Now we are suffering under this mayhem.....

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 10:42 PM

twinsonic - might add that juveniles who commit crime with a weapon should go through he courts as an adult. Adult sentencing should also apply undersand hat gangs use kids to carry he hardware since hey get off more often than not.

twinsonic65  

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 10:34 PM

Or Cook County could use PROJECT EXILE - PROJECT EXILE was used in a major city - with homicide and robbery with a gun - automatic 10 years in Federal Prison - NO PAROLE period. The homicide rate dropped over 40% in one year. But you folks wouldn't want that to happen here - you rather blame the GUNS than the person carrying it to COMMIT A CRIME and hold them RESPONSIBLE for their actions and pay for it. Instead of using your emotions to drive the debate use critical thinking first - PLEASE...

twinsonic65  

Posted: December 2nd, 2011 10:18 PM

GUNZ KILL - I have a solution: STOP VOTING for Libiral Democrats and JUDGES that believes that CRIMINALS need to be rehabilitated - Throw the criminals in JAIL and throw away the key. The same judges that you folks vote for every 2 to 4 years are the problem!!! The Democrat Circuit Court judges slap the criminals in the hand and let them go repeatedly. Most of them are repeat offenders - Why?

Jack Burton  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:28 PM

Josef... you guys are too hilarious. You all whine as if I'm 1,000 miles away while you really know that I am less than 30 minutes from your pristine little town. Why... you even have roads for cars running right through it. And I am fascinated by your keeping tabs on just when I posted. It's like having my own personal stalker on a "local village website." But again, thank you for making you and your family better victims than those of us here in Indiana for the social deviants who want to run over to Illinois for an easy score. If it saves one Hoosier life it is worth it. It's not necessary that you "believe" it. Some people still think that OJ was innocent too.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 7:42 PM

The core of this discussion is that we have a business man in our town who desires to open a legal shop, in accordance with all village rules who is being opposed by a small number of citizens who believe that their beliefs and opinions trump everything. The argument against this endeavor lacks factual data and relies on manufactured "What if" scenarios. Give the gun shop a year and see if your doomsday predictions are anywhere factual. I would venture that a year from now no one, but customers, will even be aware that this service exists in our town.

Josef K  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 7:23 PM

Jack Burton, if you really are from Indiana, what a loser for spending all morning, afternoon and evening on a local village's website in another state. Get a life, and get a clue. Nobody cares about your views here, and nobody thinks there are really Indiana criminals moving to this area simply because they are safer. Take your rhetoric elsewhere.

Jack Burton  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 6:35 PM

Marc is obviously one of those "pro-freedom" people that Phil was posting about, eh. Everyone who agrees with HIM has the ~freedom~ to post. Anyone else - just shut up.

Marc from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 5:30 PM

Hey Jack Burton shut up already. Blow it out your butt!!!!!!1

Jack Burton  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 5:08 PM

Guns sez: We cannot control that-therefore we must control ALL guns and get rid of them so as to take one for the team.//Jack replies... unless you're stating for the record that YOU will be out in front, leading the effort to walk into people's homes and "get rid" of their guns you're being pretty hypocritical about it. BTW, I know a few homes you can start with... but you might find that the owners are much more willing to give you their bullets before they are the guns.

Jack Burton  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 5:05 PM

Phil sez: "Pro-freedom" is such a bogus term. // Jack replies: Only to people who have difficulty with the concept of "freedom."// Phil sez: Mature, thoughtful non-paranoid people understand that no one around here is "anti-freedom."// Jack replies: I'd bet that 20 percent of the posters here would gladly shut down most of the Bill of Rights if they thought they could get away with it. Please explain to us just how "pro-freedom" GUNZ KILL is, eh.// Phil sez: Calling it bigotry is also a bit over-stated. Some people around here don't like guns,// Jack replies: Some people don't like black or Hispanic people and we call it by it's rightful name... bigotry. We can do the same with people who don't like guns. // Phil sez: and also dont like carpetbaggers flooding local sites like this to push their one-note agenda. // Jack replies: Obviously Phil has never quite heard of Interstate 80/94 connecting the two states. And it's a pretty close call as to which of the two of us is closer to downtown Chicago from their home. I'll tell you what, Phil... you get all my Oak Park clients to move their offices to Indiana and I won't bother you anymore. Can you list your email and I'll send you a list of businesses to call. // Phil sez: Jack, how much ammo did you buy after Obama was elected, fearful that he would change the gun laws? I bet you bought a lot. Turns out you were wrong about that, huh?// Jack replies: Poor Phil... he has to try to make it about ~me~ since he has no where else to turn to for a reasonable answer. And Phil... who was it that gave Obama a failing grade for not living up to all their high expectations... oh... the Brady bunch... the notorious gun grabbers actually thought they had someone in the White House that was going to do their bidding. I wonder just where and how they got ~that~ idea from, eh.

jack burton  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 4:51 PM

Berwyn sez: Jack, I'm sure you are proud of Gary, IN. One of the murder capitals of the nation, besides being the arm pit of America, second only to Camden, NJ!! Jack Replies: One of the murder capitals? You mean like Chicago? One of the other ones, certainly. And BTW, Gary has been run by Democrats since the 1930s. Just like Chicago and Camden. Perhaps that might give folk a clue, eh.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 4:31 PM

Thank you,Oak Parker, for correcting the falsehood in regards to the OP officer killed with a hand gun purchased from an OP gun store. Nice work on your part.I was going to follow up with that today,however I got side tracked. Again, thank you very much.

Oak Parker  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 2:51 PM

What some people fail to realize is that crime exists regardless of whether or not guns exist. Let's say for a moment that guns didn't exist. When a crew of 3-6 violent thugs (who feel less than inclined to consider your physical well being) breaks into your house while you are home using a chainsaw, smilies (pad lock affixed to a length of chain), bats, and blow torches as melee weapons since guns don't exist, how will you feel? Will you feel safer because they nor you have a gun?

Fianl Jeopardy Answer & Question from Tuesday  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 2:50 PM

Answer: On Nov. 17, 1871 Union Vets, dismayed by soldiers' lack of proficiency in one skill, formed this organization. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------Question: What is the National Rifle Association.

Oak Parker  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 2:21 PM

All this talk about the last OP Policeman to be killed in the line of duty by a gun purchased from an OP gun store is 100% fabricated nonsense. The last OP policeman to fall in the line of duty happened in 1938. The last gun store to exist in Oak Park opened in 1944. I find it deplorable that some take advantage of the sacrifices of those who serve to fabricate a story to push across their political opinions.

Phil of Ideas  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 1:22 PM

"Pro-freedom" is such a bogus term. Mature, thoughtful non-paranoid people understand that no one around here is "anti-freedom." Calling it bigotry is also a bit over-stated. Some people around here don't like guns, and also dont like carpetbaggers flooding local sites like this to push their one-note agenda. Jack, how much ammo did you buy after Obama was elected, fearful that he would change the gun laws? I bet you bought a lot. Turns out you were wrong about that, huh?

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 1:17 PM

JCC123, The guns on our streets today were all LEGAL at one point. Somewhere along the line they get into the hands of bad people. We cannot control that-therefore we must control ALL guns and get rid of them so as to take one for the team.

Berwyn  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:57 PM

Jack, I'm sure you are proud of Gary, IN. One of the murder capitals of the nation, besides being the arm pit of America, second only to Camden, NJ!!

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:45 PM

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, well said. Do you know of any close ranges for rifles that also offer competition shooting?

Thank You  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:17 PM

Mr Delafuente, after reading the article, I now understand why you choose this location. Just want to say "Thank You" to your stepfather for being a long time businessman in Oak Park and wish you "Good Luck" in your new business.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:16 PM

While picking up band saw blades ( Dangerous?) at Bull Sharpening, I had the opportunity of talking to the owner of the new gun store. He told me that he had received his Federal Firearms License, a long arduous process that requires the approval of several federal, state and local agencies. He will provide a service to area residents who participate in legitimate shooting activities and area law enforcement officers. He also told me that he will not maintain any inventory ,but, will receive and deliver long guns to legitimate buyers. I find it troubling that citizens can tar shooting enthusiasts with the same brush as gang bangers, druggies and thugs. I would bet that there has not been a single firearms arrestee in Oak Park who holds a FOID or legitimate reason for owning a firearm. Our town has had a long history of support for shooting sports. The park district had a 50 foot pistol range and sponsored one of the top teams in the Tri-County Pistol League. Why can a couple hand wringing citizens declare a legitimate business as "undesirable?" If this business is well run and supported by local residents it will succeed, if not it will quietly go out of business. Why prejudge this local resident who sees a business need and has followed the rules to fill this void?

Jack Burton  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:11 PM

thank you, Gun Clinger from Not Oak Park. Posters such as you help the fence-sitters to understand the basic "yuckiness" of the mindset of the gun-bigots such as you. When they realize that you and your ilk have nothing to offer but childish remarks they quickly begin coming over to the pro-freedom side.

Jack Burton  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:08 PM

No, no, Josef... we DON'T want you to be like Indiana. We would much rather you be defenseless lambs just the way both you and the predators prefer. It keeps them out of our backyard and put their sights directly on you and your family. If it saves the life of one Hoosier, then go for it.

The red-headed stepchild from South Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:00 PM

Hey BPOC, I live south of the Eisenhower in Oak Park, and the way we get treated by those north of the Ike I feel like North Berwyn. I don't know if we should become an independent state or join forces with youz guyz.

JCC123  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 11:56 AM

@ Gunz Kill: The "guns on the street" that are referred to are NOT legal guns. For 20 years it was illegal to own a handgun in Chicago, but they were still there...so how can it be a legal gun? You cannot punish the law abiding (gun shop owner in this instance)for the crimes of others or for potential outcomes. Every time someone sits behind the wheel, they become the operator of a potential 4000lb weapon, but I don't hear anyone asking to ban car dealerships.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 10:53 AM

Renee Zoltowski from Oak Park, if you went to the meeting the results would still be the same.

Renee Zoltowski from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 10:49 AM

I am totally against this, as I live just a few blocks from Roosevelt Rd. I do not think guns fit in well with the Oak Park mentality. I would have gone to that meeting, if I knew it was going on.

BPOC from Berwyn  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 10:18 AM

At least OP filled one of it's many vacant storefronts along RR with something. OP treats RR like an unwanted step child, Berwyn is working everyday to improve the businesses on RR, and OP couldn't be bothered. OP is so backwards when it comes to encouraging commerce that good businesses flee and go elsewhere, while in a matter of a month RR on the OP side gets a new gun and a cash for gold shop. Way to go Oak Park! Maybe we can turn the old Girl Scout bldg into an adult theater next.

WTF  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 10:05 AM

Gun shops are not the problem. ignorant people are the problem. Don't kid yourself, there are more guns in oak park than people admit.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:51 AM

Acting Village Attorney Simone Boutet said Oak Park was obligated to grant Delafuente a business license, as he has a right to open the store under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. However, it's possible that Oak Park might explore zoning regulations in the future to limit the number of gun stores. But the village needs to tread lightly, she said, as it doesn't want to subject itself to lawsuits. And that is the reason we will have a gun shop - threat of an expensive, losing lawsuit.

Laurel from River Forest  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:38 AM

Ref,and you are one of the individuals that my previous notation would apply to, "Focus on how you can be kinder people and THAT energy will produce only good."

ref 2  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:27 AM

But I have heard of vehicular homicide. Ban the Volvo dealership!

Josef K  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:26 AM

So Jack, by adding more gun stores and by arming more Illinois residents, we can be more like Indiana? What a wonderful idea.

ref  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:26 AM

Laurel, I never heard of a drive-by forest fire or sword-fight.

Laurel from River Forest  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:22 AM

It is absurd to comment about the store being near a school, to think that all guns will disappear, and about bears, etc. It's hate that some of you spew that is dangerous. Fire has caused harm and is also for good. Do you want to ban it? Criminals purchase guns without a license and a background check. Focus on how you can be kinder people and THAT energy will produce only good.

Gun Clinger from Not Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:19 AM

Concealed carry means my gun gets to be closer to my junk. I like to touch both at the same time. I also like to go to other locales' bulletin board ansd spread the gospel of increased gun use.

Silly Arguements  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:04 AM

OP hunting...no bears?? Really?? You can get downhill skis in Oak Brook Mall...no where to go downhill skiing in Oak Brook. Just saying.

Jack Burton  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 9:01 AM

As your neighbor to the east I must apologize for Indiana's part in helping to dramatically increase the incidents of murders in Illinois. You see, for many years my state of Indiana has allowed law-abiding residents to carry concealed handguns, and criminals know it is a bad idea to attack a Hoosier. Nothing says "no" to a badguy quite like a bullet hole in the chest. Because of that, Hoosier criminals are quite aware that it is much safer to do their evil deeds in places where people like the Oak Park residents prefer they and their neighbors to be completely helpless. The mass exodus of our criminals helps ensure the continued well-being of Indiana residents -- even those who choose not to carry a handgun. It might not be of much comfort to your folks who will be victimized by these transplanted predators, but Illinoisians can find solace in knowing that we appreciate your willingness to make yourselves available as easier targets of opportunity. If it saves just one Hoosier life, it is worth it.

OP  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 8:31 AM

How do the thugs/crackheads get the guns? Didnt realize the hunting market in OP/Berwyn/Cicero/Forest Park was so big.

THE PAST  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 8:29 AM

I remember a parent from was killed by a past co worker with a gun bought at breit and johnson. Dont quote me on it. Late 90's I think.

GUNZ KILL  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 8:19 AM

JCC123 says" If thugs want one, they go buy it from some crackhead in a back alley somewhere." This is why we must get all guns off the streets. Cleary the legal guns are getting in the hands of potential and current criminals!!!!!!

Rio from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 6:57 AM

Glad to see a new shop will open, I'm a hunter and would love it....

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 2:00 AM

To Really: I would like to know more about the OP cop shot and killed by a handgun purchased at an OP handgun store. Briet & Johnson has been closed for 20 Yrs.There hasnt been an OP officer die in the line of duty for some 50Yrs. I do agree with your last sentence "OP residents are suppose to trust a one man with guns"

JCC123  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:14 AM

Are folks really so uninformed that they believe guns will be sold to minors and anyone with cash? There are extremely strict federal guidelines governing the sales of firearms. EVERY sale requires a FOID and a background check that pings the FBI and ISP. If the owner breaks one of those, he faces life in prison. If thugs want one, they go buy it from some crackhead in a back alley somewhere. Trust me, the BATFE is much tougher to satisfy than Oak Park.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 10:26 PM

The last word in the 9tH paragraph says it all, lawsuits. The Village is on the hook for $400,000 in legal fees.

LS.  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 10:14 PM

Pass strict concealed carry laws in Illinois and the violent crimes rate would drop.

Wake UP  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 9:54 PM

Breit and Johnson used to sell guns in OP.

Parent  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 9:54 PM

Irving school is less than one block away.

REALLY  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 9:52 PM

Stop saying there will not be guns sold in the store. YOu will have guns delivered to the store which means guns will at sometime be there. If I remember there used to be a store in OP. True? An OP cop was shot in killed with a gun bought from that store. This is enough for me. OP residents are suppose to trust a one man with guns.

TFC  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 9:52 PM

I am a bit amused. Chicago has, for all practical purposes, a complete ban on gun shops. We see how well that has worked out.

Berwyn  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 7:15 PM

Guns, Daycare, New street improvements, New restuarants. Whats next?

Concerned Oak Parker  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 6:28 PM

Excuse me. I was wrong. The U.S. does not have the highest rates of intentional homicide. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate I know that our rate is much higher than England, where guns are mostly prohibited.

Concerned Oak Parker  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 6:22 PM

The prevalance of guns and the ease of buying guns in this country contribute to our having the highest rate of homicide in the world. Aren't we proud? Not I!!!!

Concerned Oak Parker  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 6:21 PM

I don't like the idea that guns will be more easily available in our village. The police do a fine job of protecting us. We don't need rifles to protect our families! This is not the Wild West. The only thing that happens is that guns fall into the wrong hands and then there can be murders and killings. Guns are meant to kill. Accidents happen all the time. I deplore this situation, not only here, but across our country. Our homicide statistics far outrun any other country in the world.

Tom Scharre  

Posted: November 30th, 2011 5:55 PM

Does anyone still believe in private property?

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