LITTLETON — Confusion turned to anger at a Littleton Select board meeting on Wednesday night over a group of gun dealers inside an old mill.
” Why ? Why do we sell them here? Megan Rank interviewed the selection committee.
Rank is one of many parents and residents concerned about the group of gun dealers inside the so-called Mill Building at 410 Great Road.
The Littleton factory became the largest collection of federally licensed arms dealers in the country.
“Now you’re telling me the city gave 80 business certificates to be in the Mill building…again, very close to our schools,” another worried resident said.
But not everyone at the public meeting is concerned. James Nolan’s family have lived in Littleton for decades.
“I’ve been doing business with them for years. I haven’t had any problems,” he said.
Inside the mill you will find shops to buy guns, ammunition and parts to assemble a weapon.
“We have at least two vendors offering AR build specials. We know they sell parts for assembly,” Rank explained.
“Is this breaking the law? asks another resident.
Attorney General Maura Healey did not bring any charges against the gun dealers, and Littleton Police Chief Matthew Pinard told WBZ-TV he saw nothing illegal or dangerous About them.
“It’s entirely possible for that to happen, but they can also go on the internet and go from website to website and have it delivered,” Chef Pinard said.
William Parker owns Battle Road Firearms inside the factory and has defended his company before the board.
“If everybody’s licensed, licensed, and they’ve passed all the background checks and stuff…they’re not out to break any laws, you know,” Parker said.
The majority of locals were outraged that the Select Board had approved so many gun dealers in their small town and wanted to kick them out of the factory.