Woodbridge, Conn. (WTNH) -- The idea in itself is simple: allow one unit at Woodbridge's Selden Plaza to be zoned for retail. However, some in the quiet town are taking issue with Frank Kloss' plan to sell guns.
"It's very frightening to think that this may happen in our community," said long-time resident Tina Brogadir.
Brogadir would rather the Planning and Zoning Commission deny the use, even if it means a loss of tax revenue.
"I don't care, not that way," she said. "No thank you!"
Kloss, who is a retired Hamden police officer, along with co-owner Michael Majewski, asked the PZC Monday night to chance the use of the site, which right now doesn't allow retail sales. Kloss explained to the commission there would be 16 cameras on the property, a state-of-the-art alarm system, roof sensors, not to mention heavy regulation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
"A lot of stringent guidelines set up by the federal government that we have to adhere to, along with the state," Kloss said before the commission Monday evening.
Before the meeting began, there was a small protest outside of Memorial Hall.
"There are a number of gun stores in the area that are quite accessible, they are not in areas that are in high traffic with people on foot," said resident Suzanne Rosenberg.
News 8 asked Brogadir about her viewpoint of this debate in relation to the Second Amendment.
"Come on, that was colonial times, people don't need to bear arms in that way," Brogadir said.
"Not to be argumentative," said News 8's Jamie Muro, "but it's still the law of the land that you are allowed to legally purchase a firearm in this community."
"That may be, but we do not want a gun store in our community," Brogadir said.
No vote was taken Monday, the issue will be brought up again during the May meeting.
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