Gun sales to continue at Putnam business, for now

HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A judge ruled Monday that Valley Outdoors can continue to sell firearms — for now.

“I feel uneasy but encouraged,” said owner Glenn Yeager.

The temporary injunction was filed after the Putnam County Board of Zoning Appeals denied after Yeager’s request for a variance from the ordinance was denied in a 2-1 vote a few weeks ago.

“I don’t even know why we’re here,” he said. “I’m just trying to do the right thing.”

Valley Outdoors is located along Mount Vernon Road, and that stretch of the unincorporated area of the county is considered C1. It doesn’t allow guns to be sold within 300 feet of a church, school or residential building.

Yeager even took the stand in circuit court on Monday to tell a judge about his experience opening the business, including a verbal understanding he had with a former county employee.

County lawyers point out that the land was initially designated for an apartment complex and say…

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