Has Il. surpassed Ca. for Fagginess? Addison bans gun sales within mile of town By Henry Stuttley Daily Herald Staff Writer Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2006 Rumors have been swirling around the village about a gun shop possibly moving into unincorporated DuPage County near Addison. But Addison Mayor Larry Hartwig wants to foil that plan. Not only will the sale of guns be prohibited in the village, but also within a mile of Addison. Calling it an “offensive” and “unwholesome” business, officials passed an ordinance Monday night prohibiting a business from selling firearms within a mile of the village. The unnamed business was inquiring about moving to Lake Street. Some areas along the street are in an unincorporated area, but those pockets on the street are surrounded by the village, Hartwig said. Since 1967, Addison has not allowed any business to sell guns in town, he said. “I don’t see a need to change it,” Hartwig said about prohibiting businesses from selling guns in the village. “If we don’t allow it in the village, why would we want it in the unincorporated part?” Village attorney George Marchetti said a state statue allows any village to prevent guns from being sold within a mile of that town. “I believe the village has the discretion to determine that firearm sales are an unwholesome and offensive business,” he said. If business owners are caught selling guns, they would receive a fine of between $500 and $1,000 for each violation of each day that the violation occurs, village officials said. For years, residents and village officials have complained about tattoo businesses, unusually high billboards and the exterior of those businesses along Lake Street. So, they’ve tried to annex the areas into Addison, Village Manager Joe Block said. “That’s been our problem is the unincorporated areas,” Block said. “That’s why we’ve been actively trying to get the areas in town so we can control it.” Hartwig said he doesn’t believe in the sale of guns and wants to protect residents from dangerous weapons. “We’ve had our share of shootings, and I don’t think we’ve had any more or any less than other communities,” Hartwig said.