Parents Concerned About Gun Shop Plan

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WEST ALLIS - Plans are in the works to turn an empty storefront at S. 60th and W. Grant Streets into a gun shop.

But the location is kitty-cornered to Longfellow Elementary School, and parents say they don't want a gun shop here.

One parent told TODAY'S TMJ4: "I just think it's very dangerous. And to have a gun store so close to the kid's school... So many things can happen, you know, angry people."

Another parent said: "I'm totally against it. I don't even let my daughter play with toy guns. I think it's completely inappropriate, especially by a school."

A state law prohibits guns within 1,000 feet of a school, unless it's on private property.

The West Allis store is privately owned by Michael Govas. He says he intends to run a tight ship: "I will run that store according to government and ATF regulations."

But school officials say, it isn't the store's owner they're worried about.

West Allis - West Milwaukee Schools Superintendent Kurt Wachholz said: "I think our police department in the city will work diligently to ensure the safety of the neighborhood and more specifically our children, with the gun store owner, but what won't occur is the ability to control the clientele that comes in and out of the building."

Govas is still waiting on a federal license to open the gun shop. The target open date is Nov. 15.