August 20, 2015 |
When the federal government shut down the notorious gun shop owned by James G. Colosimo in 2009, neighbors and anti-gun-violence advocates celebrated the closing of a public nuisance that for years was frequented by "straw buyers" who purchased weapons for felons who couldn't legally own a firearm. However, a new version of the gun shop on Spring Garden Street may reopen unless residents in the West Poplar neighborhood can persuade the city Zoning Board of Adjustment to deny that use of the property.
August 14, 2015 |
In the three years since Yuri Zalzman purchased an old shooting range in the reviving North Philadelphia neighborhood of West Poplar, he has hosted gun enthusiasts, sold ammunition to customers, and rented guns to practicing marksmen. Now, he thinks he should be allowed to sell firearms, too. Philadelphia's Zoning Board is not so sure. After nearly three hours of oral arguments Wednesday, the board asked attorneys to submit briefs outlining their positions. That means that West Poplar residents and antiviolence groups - about 50 people attended Wednesday's hearing - will have to wait at least another month to learn whether Zalzman can open a gun shop in his North Percy Street building.
August 11, 2015 |
For years, Philadelphia's antiviolence groups made weekly pilgrimages to Colosimo's gun shop on Spring Garden Street to protest its lax sales practices. The tiny store was notorious for providing more weapons to street criminals than any other shop in Philadelphia. More than 425 crimes were committed with a firearm bought at Colosimo's, including 10 homicides, during a seven-year stretch in the 2000s, according to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. So when the U.S. Attorney's Office finally shut down the store in 2009 for selling guns to straw buyers, those groups hailed the event as a watershed in the struggle to make the city a safer place.
August 5, 2014 |
FEAR LED Shaneen Allen to buy a handgun. Allen, 27, of South Philly, worried she'd be robbed again, left bleeding and bruised with her shirt torn apart like that breezy July night last year in an alley off South Street. She thought of her boys, Naiare and Sincere, growing up without a mom, and she worked too hard for them and too many jobs to lose it all over some makeup, a $20 bill and a SEPTA TransPass, she said. "I was actually scared to buy the firearm, because I didn't know anything about guns," Allen said Wednesday inside her townhouse as the boys hovered around her. Allen obtained a license-to-carry permit and legally purchased a .380 Bersa Thunder, a gun with two safeties and a trigger lock.
June 13, 2014 |
A BONNIE AND Clyde pair of armed bandits robbed two men and shot one of them outside a Far Northeast gun shop and shooting range last night, making off with seven stolen firearms and leaving the shooting victim critically wounded. Cops late last night were hunting for the duo, believed to have at least nine handguns. "We are now looking for two very dangerous individuals," Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "They are extremely dangerous and heavily armed suspects. " The dramatic events began shortly after 8:30 p.m., when police raced to the Delaware Valley Sports Center, on Geiger Road near Gantry in Bustleton, for a reported shooting, Small said.
September 22, 2013 |
TRENTON - In the spring, Gov. Christie personally proposed a ban on sales of the .50-caliber Barrett semiautomatic sniper rifle. But last month, the Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have implemented that very ban, saying Democratic lawmakers went too far by forcing current owners to give up the military-style weapon. Now, New Jersey's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Steve Lonegan, whom Christie has endorsed, will hold a fund-raiser in Camden County in which donors can shoot the same gun for $25 a round.
February 14, 2013 |
He says he walks the road less traveled, preparing to survive the end times with firearms and purified water, but Fernando Antonio Salguero wasn't quite prepared to find himself where he was on Wednesday. Salguero, a Bridgeport, Montgomery County resident who founded the group "Survive and Thrive," was attending municipal court in Somerdale, Camden County on Tuesday for motor-vehicle violations when police noticed that his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria was parked illegally. Police also learned that Salguero had been arrested last month in Hopewell Township, Mercer County for unlawful possession of a weapon, so they asked if they could search his car, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
February 4, 2013 |
GLEN ROSE, Texas - A 25-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with a shooting at a central Texas gun range that killed former Navy SEAL and American Sniper author Chris Kyle and his friend, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sunday. Sgt. Lonny Haschel said in a news release that Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster was arraigned Saturday evening on two counts of capital murder. Officer Kyle Roberts at the Erath County Jail said Routh arrived there Sunday morning and is being held on a combined $3 million bond.
January 28, 2013 |
The parking lot at the National Guard Armory was full, and so was the grassy field used as an overflow lot. Lines stretched out the door. Inside, attendees squeezed through narrow aisles - past mothers pushing babies in strollers, past burly men in camouflage, past long rows of tables displaying knives and holsters and ammunition and handguns and semiautomatic rifles. Saturday marked the first of Philadelphia's five scheduled gun shows this year, and by midafternoon, the crowd at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia showed no signs of diminishing.
January 18, 2013 |
When reporting about guns, I'm often asked whether I've fired one myself. "Just once," I'd reply, not elaborating to say I found my trip to a Virginia shooting range terrifying. So when I was sent to see how gun shops and shooting ranges around Philadelphia were faring amid the debate over firearms, I was prepared for the same question. But I wondered: Would shooting again change my ambivalence about guns? A Gallup poll found 47 percent of U.S. adults say they have a gun in their home or property.