May 3, 2016
Regarding the latest story "Ammo firm is ready for a new round" (April 27-29) I have to comment on Park City’s apparent misunderstanding of what Halo Armament is requesting.
I, without question, am a proponent of keeping illegally acquired firearms off the streets and away from criminals. However, Halo Armament’s appeal and subsequent rejection for a business license is city hall’s knee jerk reaction to a very divisive and controversial social topic. It’s mentioned the staffers found innocuous reasons not to allow the business license. Refusal was based on zoning rules regarding the manufacturing / production of firearms.
It appears to me assembly of firearms do not fall under manufacturing or production. As a U.S. citizen, anybody can assemble a firearm from commercially manufactured parts and then sell it, as long as ATF guidelines are followed. Mr. Pillmore, Director of Halo Armament LLC, has done his homework and is in compliance with the exhaustive federal and state regulations. For the City to extract the notion that this business is unlawful because they have taken a stand on "illegal guns" is inexplicable and utterly ridiculous.
Former Park City Mayor Dana Williams joined the nationwide coalition known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but if you read the organization’s Statement Of Principals, it says nothing about stopping personal enterprise. If Halo was to legally manufacture anything else, it would not be an issue. This is a decision of conscience clouded by personal opinion, not a ruling predicated on objectivity and valid constitutional liberty.
Park City knows there is nothing illicit with manufacturing ammunition or assembling permitted firearms, it’s all about perception. There is nothing about this business that will degrade, put in jeopardy or otherwise vilify Park Meadows. The City should embrace entrepreneurs who bring commerce to the community. Some people may not like the idea of possessing and owning legal weapons or living in a society in which guns make up part of their culture. It’s understandable to advocate anti-gun violence, but not sanctioning this home business does absolutely nothing to halt what has become a sad reality of our world.
Mr. Pillmore does not need permission to assemble ammunition or firearms, that is done under our Constitution. What he needs is a business license. I hope the City can see past their emotional landscape and make a decision based on origins of practicality and realism. It seems hypocritical to deny the opportunity to generate an honest living making bullets in a community that is known for its booze (High West Distillery). If this was taking place in eastern Summit County, I would bet there would be folks standing in line to buy his products.