CT Man Denied FFL Permit Over Zoning Concerns

August 23, 2016

A Connecticut businessman’s request to expand his business include becoming a FFL due to zoning complaints.

Other gun stores have encountered resistance from local governments in operating their businesses. In Teixeira v. Alameda, Plaintiff John Teixeira sued Alameda County, CA on Second Amendment grounds over being denied permitting for his gun store over zoning concerns. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals eventually ruled that Teixeira’s rights were violated because the zoning laws were so restrictive they amounted to a denial of Second Amendment guarantees. The Firearms Policy Foundation is filing a law professor’s brief to defend the Ninth Circuit pro-rights decision to the lower courts.


[CPA Anthony] DeLucia is looking to use a portion of the building on Old Main Street for the firearms business.

The town’s commissioners turned it down due to zoning, saying that a firearms business “just doesn’t fit.”

DeLucia said he understands residents concerns, but feels they are a bit misinformed. He added that while neighbors can have their First Amendment rights, his Second Amendment rights shouldn’t be infringed upon.

DeLucia said if people want to legally order a gun, it must be shipped to someone with an FFL. So DeLucia, who has an FFL for his home, would order the guns to sell to customers. This would allow him to sell from his business, where he spends more of his time. He did not intend to have physical guns on display in the shop. He said he’s not looking to start a large-scale operation, and he is unhappy with the town’s decision.

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