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Resident Points Out Flaws in #NewtownPA's Anti-Gun Show Agreement With The NAC Sports Training Center

At the September 14, 2022, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, resident Frank McCarron criticized the anti-gun show agreement between the township and the Sports Training Center located at 116 Pheasant Run and 209 Penns Trail in Newtown Township.

Under a zoning enforcement settlement agreement reached between the board of supervisors and the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) which operates the center, the Sports Training Center will be allowed to host event-style shows at the venue, just not gun shows.

More about this agreement...

The details of the settlement were announced by Newtown Township Solicitor Dave Sander at the August 10, 2022, board of supervisors meeting. Download the settlement agreement here:

Mr. McCarron specifically focused on the meaning of "primary purpose," which is not defined by the agreement and thus opens a loophole to allow the Center to host at least one event every year that sells all kinds of guns - including assault rifles. The loop hole - according to Mr. McCarron - is that as long as less than 50% of the tables at the event sells guns, then it's primary purpose is not the sale of guns. As Mr. McCarron points out, many large official "Gun Shows" would satisfy that requirement.


johnmacknewtown's insight:


It should be noted that this settlement specifically applies to the NAC Sports Training Center. Other venues may allow such shows under their certificates of occupancy. It is possible, therefore, that such a show may pop up at another location within the township.


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