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"Let Freedom Ring" while Allowing Small Businesses to Thrive!!

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Please support the passage of Mount Airy's Town Ordinance No. 2016-08 as well as afford Michael Wonsala the permission to pursue his passion in firearm restoration, appraisal, and buying/selling online and by appointment only out of his home.  Below is a brief outline of Michael's Business Model as well as a brief description of Ordinance:

Come out and support Michael and his rights on December 5th 7:00pm - 7:30pm at Mount Airy Town Hall.

For the passing of Ordinance No. 2016-08 / 112-62. Special Exception as well as Michael Wonsala’s Home Occupation Application for 1605 Locksley Lane.
I. Michael Wonsala resident at 1605 Locksley Lane.
a. I am a current owner of a 40 year firearms restoration of antique and rare firearms home business.
b. I have submitted a special exception appeal application to obtain permission to continue my practice within my new home.
c. My interests are acquiring, restoring and internet selling Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Korean War Firearms. The pieces are considered by most as works of art.
i. I would like to discuss the nature of a FFL Business.
ii. Give a brief overview of my experience and qualifications.
iii. Review ATF requirements and best practices for the license.
iv. Discuss the non-invasive nature of the business relative to our community impact.
v. What town parameters can be established to maintain the residential district’s integrity for residential property while allowing residents to continue their passion.

II. In order for me and potentially others to practice this historical passion, it is federally regulated by the ATF to acquire a federal firearms license to conduct buying and selling of firearms. One of the many ATF requirements includes local municipality authorization before a license is issued.

III. The Nature of the Business
a. Receive Firearms at the Business Location.
i. Interest Focus are Hobby-Driven – Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Korean War Collectables. Truly Historical Works of Art.
ii. Required residential (Adult) Signature Required, No Drop-off Packages Allowed (ATF Rule).
b. Ship/Deliver Sold Firearms to Buyers.
i. Unlike many Homes Businesses, We are Appointment Only – Not Open to Public.
ii. Hand Deliver Firearms to UPS/FedEx/USPS for Shipment.
c. Internet Sales Recognized by the ATF.

IV. My Experience and Qualifications
a. Family Business since 1971 (2nd Generation) currently Conducted at Three Residential Locations.
b. Well Versed in Federal and State Laws/Regulations.
c. Excellent Rapport with MD State Police.
d. Conducts Firearm Training and Safety Seminars.
e. Past Feedback – NJ Superior Court Judge Quote “Your Credentials to Conduct a Firearms Business and Training is the Best I Have Ever Seen”.

V. Mandated Safeguards & Security
a. Requirements/Best Practices for FFL Businesses.
i. Premises is Secured with Monitored Alarm and Cameras.
ii. Dedicated Firearms Safe.
iii. All Firearms are to be Locked and Inaccessible to Anyone Besides the Licensee.
iv. Security Locks on all Individual Firearms.
v. ATF Conducts Regular Annual Inspections of Home for Compliance with Security, Logging Entry for Quantity Sold to Current Inventory.
vi. All Transactions are Logged and Files are on Hand for ATF Inspection.
vii. In My Case, Not a Stocking Dealer, Firearms are Ordered as Needed.
viii. Business Conducted by Appointment Only, Similar to:
• Home Salons
• Other current Nottingham Home Businesses.
• Tax Services

VI. Impact on Our Community
a. No Physical Change or Business Provisions will be Added or Altered on Home or Property.
b. FFL Business has the Same or Less Impact than other Neighborhood Actives.
c. No Street Traffic.
d. No Commercial Deliveries.
e. No Unattended Packages (per Federal Law).

The town has proposed an ordinance to regulate this business model within residential zones since currently there is no such restriction for this type of business in place.  Below is the official regulation ordinance.







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