(KMOV) – Members of the Belleville City Council voted against allowing a man to repair and appraise guns from his apartment.
Belleville Ward 2 Alderwoman, Melinda Hult said Robert Korpanty wanted to start a small business at his home near 49th Street and Bellevue Park.
Korpanty, a retired military member, wants to repair and appraise guns from his apartment and said no guns would be sold or fired.
“I can’t see no problem with it - he works and when he gets packages and then I make sure I catch them and take them in and wait for him,” said Ralph Oelschlager, Korpanty’s neighbor.
Hult said the board couldn’t get past the idea of guns.
“I flat out asked them if this was someone who wanted to sell Avon out of the building, would you have a problem? Oh no we wouldn’t have a problem; so clearly you are showing your prejudice,” said Hult.
News 4 talked with Alderman Johnnie Anthony. He voted against it, He said the apartments here are built too close together and the proposed business just isn’t a good fit for the neighborhood, at least -for now.
Anthony tells News 4; his major concern is that the gun businesses could out grow the neighborhood. He hopes the city will soon hire a regulator that can keep a close eye on small businesses.
That way proposals such as Korpanty’s can be revisited.