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Permits approved for home gunsmithing businesses

The Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals approved two special use permits Thursday, Feb. 21, for gunsmithing businesses.
Posted on Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:31 p.m.

GOSHEN — Two gunsmithing workshops will open in homes in Elkhart County.

The Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals granted special use permits Thursday, Feb. 21, that allow a pair of home businesses for repairing firearms to open. The business owners will be able to test the gun parts but discharging the firearms is not be permitted. Neither of the businesses plan to sell guns.

The first request came from Edward Tazelaar of 18975 Joan Kay Lane north of Goshen. There, he will repair guns and sell accessories and cleaning supplies by appointment only. Tazelaar added that he would store his customers’ guns in a safe overnight. He said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would inspect his home business for compliance.

A similar request came from James Kumm, who hopes to start a small gunsmithing business at his home at 56676 Old Orchard Lane just east of Elkhart. If he decides to expand the business, Kumm said he would search for a commercial space.

No one spoke in opposition of either of the businesses. The special use permits will not affect the zoning of the two properties.

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