Jul 27, 2022 - Business

Gun shop next to Iowa's governor's mansion needs no permit

A photo of Terrace Hill.
Terrace Hill. Photo: Richard Cummins/Corbis via Getty Images

Des Moines officials have determined that a firearms sales business proposed in a home that's across the street from the governor's residence at Terrace Hill doesn't need a city permit to operate.

  • The application from owners Elizabeth and Travis Aslin has been removed from the Zoning Board of Adjustment agenda, SuAnn Donovan, assistant director of the city's neighborhood services, told Axios Tuesday.

Catch up fast: Some DSM City Council members are concerned about the potential proliferation of home gun stores in places like school zones or next door to prominent public figures because of recent Iowa legislation.

What they're saying: Aslin's business is considered a permitted use in a residential district under this year's law, Donovan said.

Of note: The business is a hobby, Travis told Axios last week.

  • It has few sales and only does business with cops, firefighters and EMTs, he said.
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