When I was a student at Penn State, the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania was a glorious wonderland where the nanny-state anti-gun legislation of my native New York didn’t apply. That may still be the case, but the pearl-clutching fetishistic fear of firearms seems to have invaded the state’s news organizations, even in rural Pennsylvania.
Case in point: the Lehigh Valley Live article ‘Gun sales approved for business that stores ‘thousands’ of firearms’ treats the issue as someone wanted to build a nuclear waste treatment plant between an orphanage and a water treatment facility.
Elite Tactical Academy got permission Monday to sell guns from its Easton storage facility.
David Kotz told the city planning commission earlier this month he stores about 300 guns belonging to his clients inside a vault at 624 Lehigh Drive.
He doesn’t plan to sell many guns but wanted permission to sell ones stored by his clients, primarily ones that are abandoned.
He’s only been open about five months and expects to store significantly more guns as his business grows.
“It’s hard to anticipate, but it could be several thousand,” he told the planning commission Aug. 9.
It isn’t clear how “about 300” became “thousands” in the article’s title. In most parts of the country, this license wouldn’t even be worth a mention let alone its own article. Yet here we are.
For whom is Elite Tactical storing so many guns? Mainly people who are otherwise unable to own them. People like New Yorkers who want to own a non-neutered modern sporting rifle. Or those going through a nasty divorce who don’t want to see their expensive firearms turned into firewood.
And why does this storage facility want to sell guns? Sometimes the gun owners don’t pay their rent or can no longer legally own firearms and need to dispose of them. Reasonable, right?
Nevertheless this is somehow newsworthy for the Lehigh Valley Live folks. The site’s commentators, though, seem to have a good bead on the situation.