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Firearms business plans to open in Funkstown

June 12, 2012

FUNKSTOWN — A firearms business that primarily serves law-enforcement personnel plans to open in the 4 E. Baltimore St. building that once served as the Funkstown post office, the property owner said Monday night.

Parker Bandy Firearms has been operating in a residential basement in Smithsburg, but was looking for a storefront, property owner Doug Arnall told the mayor and Funkstown Town Council on Monday night.

The company does not keep a large inventory of firearms and ammunition, doing much of its business online and helping customers with orders, Arnall said.

The company also sells accessories such as holsters, he said.

The company needed the council to agree not to enforce an old parking-lot requirement the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals ordered for the property years ago.

The council voted 5-0 not to enforce the requirement in lieu of Arnall reaching an agreement with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to use three parking spaces in the church’s parking lot.

Councilman John Phillips III was absent from the meeting.

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— Julie E. Greene

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