The Worcester County Board of Zoning Appeals last Thursday unanimously granted the owners of Guns R Us a special exception to allow the stock and storage of firearms associated with a home occupation in Bishopville.
A condition of the approval was that the site cannot be used as a gun range.
The hearing was a step in the process of moving the business from its current location just outside Ocean Pines.
Katie and Jim Kosienski, who run the business, testified that intend to build “right where the other residents used to be.” The driveway has been enhanced to allow for cars to come in and turn around without causing traffic on Whaleyville Road where the new business will be located.
According to the Kosienskis, the business, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. does not see large amounts of traffic on a day-to-day basis.
“Some days are nothing,” Jim Kosienski said. “Others it’s three or four of them.”
One of the questions posed by the board was what federal regulations the business has to meet concerning security.
“They don’t tell us what we need, but we do everything,” Katie Kosienski said. “We have the driveway monitor. If you come through our driveway, you don’t know it’s there and it sets off an alarm. People don’t even know that’s going off. We’ve got cameras inside, outside, on my desk where I can look inside the shop at all times.”
“The only thing we can do is (show) what we have (at our current location) because we haven’t done it yet at the new place. We’re waiting for your blessing.”
After the hearing, Katie Kosienski said they don’t yet have a firm timetable on when the business will move.
“It’s a slow process because of (things like) building materials not being available,” she said. “It takes time to get the permits needed for each individual thing. It’s just one step at a time as we go with the building. We never really know one day to the next where we’re going to start next but we’ll probably be working on the entrance to finish it up.”
“We’ve been in business about five years. We’ve always done everything by the book and to the letter and that’s the way this is going to be too.”