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Shelton Online Gun Shop Will Need Neighbors' OK, Planners Say

Mike DeLuca, co-owner and general manager of MD Shooting Sports, a firearms business, wants to run an online operation out of his Shelton house.
Mike DeLuca, co-owner and general manager of MD Shooting Sports, a firearms business, wants to run an online operation out of his Shelton house. Photo Credit: mdshootingsports.com
Dan DeLuca, co-owner and operations manager of MD Shooting Sports, a firearms business, wants to run an online operation out of a house in Shelton.
Dan DeLuca, co-owner and operations manager of MD Shooting Sports, a firearms business, wants to run an online operation out of a house in Shelton. Photo Credit: mdshootingsports.com
The DeLucas' Monroe brick and mortar shop, which closed in December, displays hunting rifles and a few trophies.
The DeLucas' Monroe brick and mortar shop, which closed in December, displays hunting rifles and a few trophies. Photo Credit: mdshootingsports.com

SHELTON, Conn. – Neighbors will have a say in whether a Shelton man can sell guns out of his home, according to a report by the Shelton Herald.

Shelton planners recently told Mike and Dan DeLuca, who closed their shooting sports store in nearby Monroe at the end of 2015, that they will need the OK from folks in the Huntington area of Shelton to run a proposed online firearms business, the Shelton Herald story said.

The DeLucas told the Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission that they would only be doing shipping and receiving and would not post any signs to eliminate possible foot traffic -- and for other safety reasons, the Shelton Herald reported.

According to the DeLucas’ website, mdshootingsports.com, Mike DeLuca first became interested in sports shooting when his father bought him a BB gun. He learned to shoot by targeting tin cans in his backyard, the website said.

Later on, he became a collector, and was especially fascinated by the guns of the Old West, including the classic Winchester and Colt revolvers.

Mike DeLuca is a pistol safety course instructor and a longtime member of the National Rifle Association, the website said.

A staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, he is also active in the gun rights arena.

Dan DeLuca, a self-described “wheel gun” man, is a hunting rifle expert, according to the website.

He said he is “extremely knowledgeable about Smith and Wesson revolvers. He collects vintage “Blue Streak” pellet guns, the website said.

Dan is also a pistol safety instructor and a member of the NRA.

To read the Shelton Herald story, click here.

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