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Raleigh resident gets permit for gun sales from home

Posted May 21, 2013

— A Cameron Park resident last week received a special-use permit to sell firearms out of his home, but says he did so to comply with federal regulations.

A city ordinance says people cannot sell guns from their homes in residential districts, but state law overrides the city rule.

The Raleigh Board of Adjustment approved Jeff Satterwhite’s special-use permit application to operate a limited home business that would allow him to sell, receive and ship firearms from his house on Hawthorn Road.

The Board voted 4 to 1 in favor, with Ted Shear voting against.

Satterwhite holds a federal firearms license, which allows him to ship and receive firearms to and from other licensed dealers like himself. As part of his license, he must comply with all local laws, which require him to seek a special-use permit from the city in order to conduct business out of his home.

He said the license is to benefit his hobby of collecting guns, but to keep it he has to “actively engage in the business.” Satterwhite told the Record that what “actively” means is extremely vague and its interpretation varies.

He said as a dealer, he is required to keep records, shipment and delivery logs, conduct background checks and is subject to inspection by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“It’s difficult to keep and difficult to get,” he said of the license.

Satterwhite said he is one of 1,380 North Carolina residents with this license and that he has to comply with more regulations than someone who sells guns privately.

As part of his special-use permit, Satterwhite agreed to no more than five shipments to or from his home each month. He also agreed to only having one customer per month come to his come for business.

The guns will be stored in a safe.

He said he has no intention of selling ammunition and won’t have large quantities on his property for his personal use.


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  • kendradad May 23, 2013

    We support this "journalism" by buying the N&O, why? I stopped my subscription years ago. Stories like this are a waste of ink and time. The liberal media will disappear tomorrow if we don't continue supporting them and their sponsors.

  • PCguy May 23, 2013

    Less than 30 seconds and I have his address. Way to go WRAL!

    Are you actively TRYING to help the criminals get guns?

  • glarg May 23, 2013

    This is news because.....?

  • johnbs48 May 23, 2013

    So what? This is NEWS?

  • Danny22 May 23, 2013

    The criminals are not bothered with permits or regulations. Those are for all of us who are law abiding citizens.

  • robbincasino May 23, 2013

    Why is this even news worthy?

  • TiminNCisBack May 23, 2013

    BRAVO again WRAL. When I thought your liberal media outlet could not out do yourself look at you. I am sure you gave no thought about how irresponsible it IS/WAS to give out the individuals name and neighborhood.

  • gvmntcheese May 23, 2013

    The whole point of this story is to bring to light that State regs overriding the city... The writer did nothing more than use this guy and his acquisition of a properly attained FFL as filler...

  • 426X3 May 22, 2013

    Regardless of the anti-gun sentiment WRAL is so fond of, I wish this guy success in his business.

  • WageSlave May 22, 2013

    No one seemed to mind when WRAL reported on chicken coop permits, would that not have the thieves scouring the neighborhood too?

    There is a lot more money in stolen firearms than there is in stolen 12 dollar chickens my friend.