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City Council hears comments on special use permit

The Fredericktown Board of Aldermen held a public hearing at 5:30 p.m., Monday to hear comments about a special use permit for a business conducting Internet sales of firearms, ammunition and sporting goods located at 714 S. Main St.

Ted Martin is applying for the permit. Neighboring resident said her concern with Martin is there are a lot of children in the neighborhood and he will be storing a lot of guns, ammunition and having a lot of individuals coming in and out.

Jennifer Ballew, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said she lives a couple homes down and does not have any problems with the recommendation.

Aldermen Paul Brown said Martin is an emergency phone technician and has a lot of experience with the firearms and is on the FBI’s list to work on their equipment. He has even worked in the Pentagon.

Fredericktown Police Chief Eric Hovis said he has checked out Martin’s licenses because there have been concerns from some residents.

Hovis said Martin has been through FFL (Federal Firearms License) training which is a three-step process and the ATF training.

Hovis said Martin has been through the inspections and he has personally checked the requirements.

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