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Pacific Pawn Shop Owner Battles Zoning Board

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PACIFIC, MO (KMOX) - Should a pawn shop which buys and sells weapons be located near a church and school? That’s the question the Pacific Planning & Zoning Commission will taking up again Tuesday night.

The commission has already voted unanimously against Grant Thornton’s shop because of its proximity to St. Bridget of Kildare but Thornton says the tide is turning.

“There’s been several good suggestions that we’ve had from the neighbors around and also positive response from most of the neighbors in the business community on the few blocks surrounding my business,” he said.

Planning & Zoning Commission member Alderman Jerry Eversmeyer says for many opponents, the weapons are not the primary issue.

“People are going to think bars on the windows and a cage on the front door. That kind of look just brings down the property values,” he explained. Eversmeyer said the previous vote could be reversed, depending on what commission members hear tonight.

“It’s legal to buy and sell guns. It’s a constitutional amendment, our Second Amendment right,” Thornton said. “I feel that it’s my right to use that property as long as it’s in accordance with the zoning laws of the city of Pacific and I don’t do anything that’s illegal in the state of Missouri.”

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