Burnsville Approves New Online Gun Store

June 05, 2018 10:27 PM

The Burnsville City Council unanimously approved a license for a new gun store, but this one is part of a growing trend of online gun sales.

Guns.com owner Tom Hudson told city council members his company is an e-commerce store and it will buy and sell firearms online, but will fully comply with background checks.


"We intend to follow the ordinance and we will be compliant and as cooperative as we can be," Hudson said. "We have talked with our neighbors and we intend to be good neighbors, too."

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None of the city council members asked Hudson any questions about how his business will operate, nor did they inquire about how the company will make sure it is not buying and selling firearms to and from the wrong people.

But, Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke said he met with the owner of Guns.com, along with other officers, and he feels confident the company will do the right thing and comply with background checks and other requirements under its city license to sell guns.

"I had concerns in the beginning with how the company would operate," Gieseke said. "But, it is clear after meeting with them that they will use digital photos and electronic signatures to make sure they know who they are doing business with."

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Guns.com representatives also said the company will require people who buy firearms from them to pick them up at a brick and mortar gun shop and background checks will be conducted at the location where the buyer chooses to have them delivered.

Guns.com, according to Gieseke, will store its inventory of firearms in a secure vault to make sure they do not end up in the hands of thieves and out on the street to be used in crimes.


Jay Kolls

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