, Derry, New Hampshire


June 26, 2014

Londonderry zoners nix home gun business

LONDONDERRY —A Hovey Road man’s plan to operate a gun business from his home property was shot down by the Zoning Board last week.

The board denied a special exception request at a meeting June 18, dashing Joseph O’Leary’s hopes of opening a gun repair and sales business as a home occupation at 4 Hovey Road.

The tie vote that resulted meant the plan was not approved.

O’Leary hoped to put his gun business in a barn-type building on his property. He said he had plenty of parking and it would not cause any harm in the residential neighborhood as no shooting would be done on site and no exterior work would need to be done on the building that would house the shop.

“There would be no firing of firearms on the property,” O’Leary said.

The business was a venture for some added financial support, he said.

“I’m not looking to get rich,” he said, “but it would be nice to have some supplemental income.”

O’Leary would also have gunsmith work available at the business to do minor repairs and restoration.

Les Seboyer of Derry is a certified gunsmith and said all work he would do for O’Leary would be safe and would not cause noise in the neighborhood.

Any testing of firearms would be done elsewhere, Seboyer said.

If it had been approved, O’Leary would then have put his permitting application into the state to be able to run the gun shop. That process would also include background checks and inspections of the property prior to opening the shop.

Zoning Board officials were concerned with customer traffic on Hovey Road and how much impact the gunsmith machine work would have due to grinding noises or fumes.

But Seboyer said what he does is typically done with simple hand tools.

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