Meeting tonight on West Allis gun shop

Published on: 11/11/2010

The businessman who wants to open a gun shop across from a West Allis elementary school will meet with parents and school officials this evening at the school to answer their questions.

Many parents have opposed the shop, including one who told the West Allis NOW newspaper that she gathered 800 signatures opposing it.

Michael G. Govas, who owns the storefront at 2192 S. 60th St. where he wants to open Shorty's Shooting Sports, says he expects 'any day now' to receive a license for the store from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and after installing security measures at the store should be open in early December.

The store would be kitty-corner from Longfellow Elementary School, 2211 S. 60th. Kurt Wachholz, superintendent of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, and Longfellow principal Peter Gull will host the meeting at 6 p.m. at the school, which will also be attended by two aldermen who represent the area on the West Allis Common Council.

Govas says Jim Fendry, director of the Wisconsin Pro-Gun Movement, will also be there.

The Common Council is discussing changes in city zoning rules that would outlaw future gun shops in districts such as this one, but Ald. Michael Czaplewski said the changes wouldn't apply to Govas' shop. The council will discuss the changes on Tuesday; a public hearing is also scheduled.