Spokane gun shop sign raising eyebrows - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane gun shop sign raising eyebrows

SPOKANE, Wash. - A new sign on north Division advertising 'ammo, silencers and grenade launchers' is apparently causing somewhat of a controversy.

A concerned KHQ viewer emailed us about the advertising at the new local gun shop. Pam Hartsoch is concerned about how this advertises our "family-friendly" city.

"What possible legal use is there for these items?," says Hartsoch. "I'm sure there are other people who are wondering the same thing."

Axel Raven, the owner of the gun shop on North Division says he put that advertising there on purpose as a way to grab people's attention. He wants to educate the public on gun sales and gun control and says gun sales are closely controlled.

Raven says those wanting to buy the weapons need to go through a background check and extensive paperwork that could take up to six months to clear.

Each gun is tracked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and a lot of the more exotic items - like grenade launchers - cost thousands of dollars.

As for what legal use there is for these items, Raven says most of his clientele are gun collectors and former military.

Ultimately, Raven points to our right to bear arms.

"It's a constitutional right but it's also an unalienable human right as far I'm concerned," says Raven. "Cats use claws to defend themselves, human beings use tools."

Raven also says his store is not new, he's owned it for 15 years, but just recently moved to the new location on Division.

This is also the first time he has advertised, and he says he is getting a lot more attention from the public. 

 

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