M St. as Dodge City?


Courtesy of Shorpy.com

Courtesy of Shorpy.com

The Georgetown Current has a bit more detail on the shocking possibility that gun stores could open in Georgetown. Two things are clearer now: Where they could be and how little the neighborhood can do to stop them. Read more after the jump:

In the wake of the Heller decision, the Zoning Commission issued rules governing the opening of gun stores in the District. They will be allowed in spaces zoned for industrial and “non-neighborhood commercial use” so long as they are more than 300 feet away from residential areas, schools, libraries, churches and playgrounds.

According to the Current, there are a bunch of spaces in Georgetown that meet those requirements. They are those stores immediately around Wisconsin and M St. and those on the south side of M St. from Wisconsin to 29th. In short they include the spaces currently housing:

  • Bennetton
  • Bannana Republic
  • PNC Bank
  • Nathan’s
  • Lacoste
  • Georgetown Tobacco
  • Sports Zone
  • Bistro Francais
  • Starbucks
  • Haagen Dazs
  • Bodega
  • Kiehls
  • P&C  Fine Arts
  • L’Occitane
  • Mr. Smith’s
  • Potomac Wine and Spirits
  • Innovations Lounge
  • Lush
  • Annie’s Nails
  • Ritz Camera
  • News Cafe
  • Barnes and Noble
  • La Madelene
  • La Belle Florist
  • Cusp
  • Juicy Couture
  • Vietnam Restaurant
  • Keith Lipert Gallery
  • Bobbie Medlin Art
  • Micheal Getz
  • Georgetown Valet
  • Dutch Lady Linens
  • Frank Milwee
  • Georgetown Pet Boutique
  • Ed Chasen Fine Art
  • Celine de Paris
  • Georgetown Frame Shoppee
  • Ann Hand

While plenty of these stores would never house a gun shop (e.g. Barnes and Noble) some are not exactly blue chip stores that wouldn’t get thrown out by a landlord looking to trade a frame shop or a dry cleaner for the only gun shop in northwest D.C.

Which leads to the second point: there does not seem to be much the neighborhood could do if a gun store wished to open in these spaces. According to the Current, a gun store can be opened in these spaces as a matter of right. That means that the decision is not subject to BZA or ANC approval.

Any attempt to open a gun store in Georgetown would face voicerferous opposition. But it appears that a determined party could open a gun store in our neighborhood, and there may not anything we can do to stop it.

For what it’s worth, no one has stepped forward to say they want to open a gun store in Georgetown, but it’s early.



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4 responses to “M St. as Dodge City?

  1. Antique gun shoppe? Post-civil war era rifles? Revolutionary war era muskets? There may be a collector who may want to open a small hole in the wall shop with a few collection pieces and some working small arms.

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