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June 15, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
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.
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August 20, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
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July 24, 1986 | By Caroline Burns, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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October 13, 1988 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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September 29, 2009 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
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.
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April 28, 1994 | By Lisa E. Anderson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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April 17, 1994 | By Lisa E. Anderson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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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]
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April 3, 2010 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 23, 2009 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 17, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHILE THE rest of us are mourning the horrific loss of life in Orlando, and trying to come up with actual solutions that might make our nation safer, gun fans are dancing in the streets over the fact that the high-capacity, semiautomatic, military-style rifle wielded by Omar Mateen was not built on the AR-15 platform. "Hey stupid. You got the wrong gun. It wasn't an AR-15. Get your facts straight you lib-hole," read one email in response to my column describing the seven minutes it took me to acquire an AR-15 rifle.
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June 15, 2016
Seven minutes. That's how long it took me to buy an AR-15, the 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.
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June 15, 2016 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Ed Tarpy hasn't made a same-day sale in more than 30 years. Customers who come to his Deptford gun shop wanting a Glock are told to take a walk - to a police station, of all places. It's the law. I wouldn't have believed it, either, if I hadn't tried to buy a gun last week. For states so close to each other, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are on different planets when it comes to gun laws . Across the river, my colleague, Tom Ferrick, could arm a small militia on his lunch hour and still have time to grab a bite if he had any money left.
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December 31, 2015
ISSUE | PA. STALEMATE 'A real mess' The Christmas story of "no room at the inn" is alive and well in Harrisburg ("Wolf's big decision: To sign or not," Sunday). Before wishing one another a merry Christmas and leaving town to celebrate, Pennsylvania representatives sent Gov. Wolf a budget package of about $500 million less than the budget he supported, badly shortchanging public schools and social services. "They simply left town before finishing their job," Wolf said Tuesday.
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December 21, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Staff Writer
FOR THE STRING of neighbors, local store owners and developers living in and around Percy Street in the West Poplar section of North Philly, home is anywhere but on the range. The Gun Range, that is. Just a block away from where Percy Street meets Spring Garden, tucked away in a side alley, is The Gun Range, a wildly controversial indoor shooting facility. On the second-floor of the range, visitors rent firearms (anything from handguns and rifles up to a .50 MG machine gun)
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October 23, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
The national conversation on gun violence in and around schools took another detour to Philadelphia yesterday as more than 50 clergymen, students and parents marched from Masterman High School to a North Philadelphia pistol range. "We could be a world where we don't need guns for self-protection," said the Rev. Charles Howard, the University of Pennsylvania's chaplain, as protesters congregated outside the Gun Range, on Percy Street near Spring Garden. Howard spoke alongside other religious leaders from Heeding God's Call, a group supporting greater regulation of guns.
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August 20, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
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August 14, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 11, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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