Firearms middleman gets at-home permit

POULSBO — An Internet-based firearms sales business has been approved by the Poulsbo city planning director.

Raymond Navarette, owner of Gold Mountain Arms LLC, applied for a Home-Occupation Permit on Oct. 2. Gold Mountain Arms is not a retail firearms business and will not have a stock of firearms, but is an Internet-based middleman between private sellers and buyers. Federal law requires purchasers of firearms to pick them up from a federally licensed firearms dealer. Customers would come to the home in the 2500 block of NE Kevos Pond Drive to pick up their purchased firearms.

Navarette said he needs the city business license before he can apply for his state firearms dealer license through the Poulsbo Police Department. He said he has been approved for a federal firearms license and is awaiting the paperwork from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He said he’s hoping to be open in time for the holidays, but is aiming to begin taking orders by January.

He said firearms are a longtime hobby for him — target shooting, and big game and bird hunting — and firearms are a growing business.

Navarette said he’ll be working by appointment only and word of mouth — his permit says he cannot advertise his business on his property, and all storage and transactions will occur inside the home. Planning staff determined the home occupation does not infringe on the safety of neighbors.

Navarette wants to eventually expand his business into a shop and maybe an indoor shooting range, both  at another location.

The application received two letters of opposition from neighbors concerned about the storage of firearms and ammunition in a neighborhood with children.

In responses to the letters, planning staff said “the applicant indicated that any firearms, ammunition, etc on the premises would be stored in a safe that is bolted to the floor … Since Gold Mountain will be acting as the ‘middleman’ between an individual seller and an individual customer, and not operating as  retail store for the general public, there will not be a large amount of firearms or ammunition in the home at any one time.”

Planning Director Barry Berezowsky reviewed the letters and the application, and approved the permit on Nov. 6.

The Poulsbo Police Department had no objection to the permit with approved conditions.



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