Woods Cross neighbors concerned about firearms sales from a home
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
WOODS CROSS — Some residents living in a neighborhood north of Salt Lake City, where streets are lined with single family homes, bicycles litter lawns, and kids spend summer days beating the heat in their swimsuits are upset that one of their neighbors wants to sell firearms from his house.
"If you'd sell vitamins maybe," Ria Vanlent, a neighbor across the street said Monday. "But firearms, it's a different story."
Tuesday members of the Woods Cross Planning Commission will consider Tyler Murri's request to sell firearms from his home at 1319 West 1300 South. Murri said he plans to sell the guns as part-time business for now and the last thing he wants to do is upset his neighbors.
"I just need to change things in my life and this is how I'm going to do it," he said.
Murri said his business would be advertised on websites and mostly by word of mouth; sales would be by appointment only. He said he will get the required local permits as well as permits from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Planning Commission will review Murri's application and discuss how many customers would be coming to his house and how that would affect traffic in the neighborhood
"They will usually give some conditions before they'll grant the permit that basically lays out the fact that it can't impact the neighborhood," Marcee Meeks, Woods Cross community development secretary, said.
Vanlent said she printed out copies of the public notice announcing the meeting and placed them around the neighborhood, urging residents to attend the meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Vanlent said she is concerned about safety and the value of her home lowering. "I don't want to fight him," Valent said, but she wanted to make her neighborhood aware of the meeting.
Tiffani Jensen, Murri's next door neighbor, said, "I think everyone is concerned and planning on going to the meeting. I think most of the people are against it."
His guns would be listed on classified websites and he said he plans to sell standard recreational firearms.
"Most of the neighbors that I've talked to are pretty pro-gun," Murri said.
Kent Smith, another neighbor, said a lot of children and families live in the neighborhood and the idea of guns being sold there "worries me to no end."
Smith said guns should be sold in a firearms dealership not at a residence.
Meeks said at least three other Woods Cross residents have the same permit and there haven't been any problems. She said she doesn't expect to have any problems with Murri's situation either.
"It's not like he's opening a gun store or anything like that," she said. "I don't see from looking at his application that there will be any negative impact to the neighborhood."
Murri said, "I don't think there will be that much traffic," he said. "I don't think it'll attract bad people. Generally gun owners in the state are good people just wanting to have a good time."
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