June 15, 2016 |
SEVEN MINUTES. That's how long it took me to buy an AR-15, the type of semiautomatic rifle used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Seven minutes. From the moment I handed the salesperson my driver's license to the moment I passed my background check. It likely will take more time than that during the forthcoming round of vigils to respectfully read the names of the more than 100 people who were killed or injured. It's obscene. Horrifying. Maybe surprising to some - though it shouldn't be, not at this point in our bloody, hate-filled history.
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.
July 24, 1986 |
The Southampton planning board Tuesday night unanimously approved a change- of-use application that will allow a gun shop to open in the town's business district by early September. George Petronis, who has owned gun shops in Riverside and Delran, will operate the shop in a building that formerly housed Skedter's Barber Shop. "New Jersey is a shotgun state," Petronis said. He said his shop would stock from 35 to 40 types of shotguns, rifles and handguns; ammunition, and smokeless gunpowder.
October 13, 1988 |
A 17-year-old Darby Township youth has been charged with stealing weapons from a Folcroft gun shop after gaining access by ramming the store with a stolen air-freight truck. The juvenile, who was arrested at his home Monday evening, was charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. A juvenile court petition was to be filed against the youth, who has been released to his parents' custody, police said. Six of the eight weapons were recovered, police said, but two handguns were still missing.
September 29, 2009 |
Authorities moved yesterday to shut down a well-known Philadelphia gun shop for violations of federal firearms laws in connection with selling guns to straw purchasers. The federal firearms license of Colosimo's Inc., on Spring Garden Street near 9th, will be revoked tomorrow. Colosimo's owner, James G. Colosimo, 77, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal district court on behalf of the gun shop to charges that it had made false statements and had failed to maintain proper records involving the purchases of 10 firearms between Aug. 4, 2004 and April 18, 2007.
April 28, 1994 |
For the last year and a half, the borough has been desperately seeking businesses for its ailing main street. But now that businesses are showing some interest in the borough, residents are experiencing a change of heart - at least with one merchant. Finding a way to keep a gun shop out of Ambler is the reason behind the existence of a new organization, Project SAFE. More than 70 people attended the group's first meeting Sunday at the Church of the Brethren on Butler Avenue.
April 17, 1994 |
A local businessman has announced plans to open a gun shop in the heart of the borough's business district. Residents and merchants, many of whom expressed alarm at the news, are wondering what's next: adult books and tattoo parlors? "I don't think it's an appropriate use for Main Street, a place that sells itself on family values and as a good place to raise a family," said James Flaherty, Ambler's main street manager. "It sends a mixed signal. " Said Skip McClurg of the Montgomery County Martial Arts Center on Butler Avenue: "Professionally, I'm glad to see the block filling up. We're in a block with a lot of empty stores.
August 15, 2013
S IMON FIRTH, 48, and his wife, Victoria, 49, of Point Breeze, own half of Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles with David Wilson, 47, of Fishtown, on Spring Garden Street near 9th in North Philadelphia. The trio opened June 1 in what was previously Colosimo's Gun Shop, which was shut down in 2009 for violations of federal firearms laws. Firth & Wilson renovated the space to sell and repair transport bikes. I spoke with Simon Firth. Q: What's your background? A: I was working in a custom bicycle-frame-building shop, Bilenky Cycle Works [in Olney]
April 3, 2010 |
Gathering on Good Friday to show support for strict gun laws, several hundred protesters assembled outside a Kensington gun shop, urging the owner to sign a "code of conduct" to deter illegal firearms sales. An attorney for Larry Haney, owner of the Shooter Shop at Allegheny Avenue and Emerald Street, gave reporters a copy of a letter from the District Attorney's Office thanking Haney for his cooperation in combating illegal gun trafficking. "Your efforts have helped to make our city a safer place to live and work," said the letter, signed by Albert J. Toczydlowski, special assistant district attorney.
September 23, 2009 |
Colosimo's Inc., the embattled Philadelphia gun dealer that has been the target of protests by religious leaders, was accused by federal prosecutors yesterday of knowingly selling guns to straw purchasers. Jim Colosimo, the owner of Colosimo's Gun Center on Spring Garden Street near Ninth Street, was not personally charged. He could not be reached for comment last night. The charges against the business were contained in a criminal information, which means the defendant waived the right to have the case heard before a grand jury.