Howard Slaughter owns a home on the corner of Adams and Sycamore Streets in the city's Ellicott District. Slaughter teaches a pistol permit class and now wants the opportunity to sell guns to his clients -- out of his home.
Slaughter made a request to city officials for permission to sell firearms out of his Adams Street home that request was denied Wednesday afternoon.
"His house is too close to the main street and school buses pick up children and drop children off and there is a city bus stop there. It wouldn't be feasible,"stated Norma Robinson, who has lived on Adams Street for 57 years.
"The neighbors were concerned about delivery methods, they were concerned about people breaking into his home, to look for weapons on the premises," said Councilmember Darius Pridgen.
Meanwhile, there have been more than two dozen violent 911 calls, including one gun call and robbery over the past year at various locations on Adams Street.
None of those calls involved Slaughter's home.
Slaughter could not be reached for comment for this story.