No decision made on gun sales in West Poplar

Pennslyvania flagINGA SAFFRON, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LAST UPDATED: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 1:08 AM
POSTED: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 8:53 PM

In the three years since Yuri Zalzman purchased an old shooting range in the reviving North Philadelphia neighborhood of West Poplar, he has hosted gun enthusiasts, sold ammunition to customers, and rented guns to practicing marksmen. Now, he thinks he should be allowed to sell firearms, too.

Philadelphia’s Zoning Board is not so sure.

After nearly three hours of oral arguments Wednesday, the board asked attorneys to submit briefs outlining their positions.

That means that West Poplar residents and antiviolence groups – about 50 people attended Wednesday’s hearing – will have to wait at least another month to learn whether Zalzman can open a gun shop in his North Percy Street building.Read more