Do you want to start a gun shop and you are wondering if it is possible to locate it near a school? If YES, here is everything you must know. Buying and selling guns and ammunition is one business that is highly regulated by the government. It is a fact that if you open your own gun shop you would definitely rake in huge returns on your investment because there are only a few people who are engaged in this line of business.

This is because the process of securing a license (Federal Firearms License – FFL) and permit to engage in this trade is demanding, and also because most countries restrict the sale of guns and ammunition to few locations and to only few people they can easily control.

If you are looking towards opening a gun shop business, one of the major things your need to know first is the location that is ideal for such business. In as much as people consult experts to know the most ideal location to start a business especially as it relates to the profitability and survival of the business, zoning is still another aspect that must not be neglected.

Please note that aside from a location, part of the criteria that would be used to access your readiness to run a gun shop is the safety mechanism that you install in your shop. You must ensure that your guns and ammunition are not displayed in a place where anyone can easily pick them up.

Even if you are going to display them in a glass shelve, the glass shelve must be secured enough to prevent people from picking it up. The fact that gun powders are highly explosive makes it necessary to be safety conscious when running a gun and ammunition shop.

Can You Run a Gun Shop Business Near a School?

The answer to this question is NO! In the United States and of course in all the countries of the world, it is illegal for a gun shop to be opened alongside or near school premises. The reason is not far – fetched. It will be wrong to expose school children to guns at that tender age, and also going by the mass shooting that is now frequent across the United States of America, no government would want to allow a gun shop to operate anywhere near a school premises.

It is the responsibility of the government of any country to enact laws that will not only protect people, but also protect businesses which is why government usually enact and enforce zoning laws as part of public health and safety protections.

For example, you would not want a waste management and recycling facility to operate right inside a residential estate or a noisy factory right by a school or library. Some industries present hazards and zoning laws distance those hazards from residential areas.

In the United States of America, there are different types of zoning areas (law) and they are;

  1. Residential Zone – This zone is meant for people to live in that area
  2. Commercial Zone – This zone is meant for businesses, offices, stores, and other similar businesses
  3. Agricultural Zone – This zone is meant for farming and related activities
  4. Industrial Zone – This zone is meant for manufacturing and similar industries
  5. Recreational Zone – This zone is meant for spaces for parks, sporting events, and other recreation

What is The Purpose of Zoning?

Generally, the primary purpose of zoning is to segregate users that are thought to be incompatible. In practice, however, zoning is used as a permitting system to prevent new developments from harming existing residents or businesses.

Zoning is commonly exercised by local governments such as counties or municipalities, although the state determines the nature of the zoning scheme with a zoning enabling law. Federal lands are not subject to state planning controls.

Please note that in the United States of America, zoning violations and citations can be very costly for a business. It is always preferable to make sure you comply with all the zoning and land use laws before you choose a location for your business or you stand the risk of having the business closed down.

You might want to ask, where then can I locate my gun shop?

Your choice of location for your gun shop determines how successful your business may grow. The truth is that the location you choose to open your gun shop determines if you will be issued Federal Firearms Dealership License. Government officials must first inspect your shop to be sure that it is located in a secured location before issuing you Federal Firearms License – FFL.

Locations ideal for Gun Shop

  1. Outskirt of Town
  2. Close to Shooting Range
  3. In and Around Stadium Facility
  4. Shopping Complex
  5. Close to Military Base
  6. Hunter’s Hub

In Conclusion,

In order not to get it wrong when looking for a location for your gun shop, it is important to contract the services to a realtor. They are trained to help businesses find the perfect location for their business. The real estate agent takes responsibility of all the important things for you and he helps you save a lot of time and money.

The only thing you must keep in mind while hiring a real estate agent is that you should always choose someone that has extensive knowledge of this industry. Most of often than not, a real estate agent has information about all the places that are available for sale or rent in a particular area where you can easily start your business.

Solomon. O'Chucks