TWINSBURG, Ohio - Twinsburg residents expressed anger and outrage on Tuesday over a proposed gun shop.
"I think it's a horrible idea," said Krystal Lee, a Twinsburg cosmetology student.
"I'm unhappy about it," said Joyce Kropf, a Twinsburg resident.
"What is the city thinking?" said Randy Nock, another Twinsburg resident on Twitter.
Last week, the city's mayor said the business owner posted a sign that said "Twinsburg Public Safety and Firearms Coming Soon" at the former Pete's Home Bakery location at 10683 Ravenna Rd.
"We were surprised to see the sign go up," said Mayor Katherine Procop.
Procop said the owner didn't have approval to put the sign up because the city hasn't received a business application from him yet.
The owner of Twinsburg Public Safety and Firearms couldn't be reached for comment today, but on the business' Facebook page, it read "We had extensive conversation with the city of Twinsburg building department, and during those conversations, we were assured the current zoning allowed us to operate as a firearms retailer. We have verbal and written approval to do so." See more here: https://www.facebook.com/TwinsburgPublicSafetyFirearms
"This is a place where people drop off their kids to go to school," Procop said. "It's a place where you can stop and get a hoagie for lunch. I just don't think it's appropriate there."
Procop said the store would be better suited in what's called an interchange district – a place with fewer residences, schools and neighborhood businesses.
"Especially with everything going on in the news right now, all the shootings, I think it's a horrible, horrible idea," Lee said.
The owner, who the mayor said tried to open a gun shop in Twinsburg's historical district earlier this year but was denied, has until Thursday to take the sign down or apply for a temporary business permit.