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PERU — The Peru Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special use variance to allow a resident to operate an online gun store from her home, which is located in a subdivision near U.S. 31.

Tara Lohse told the Board on Wednesday her business would be about 90% online and include shipping guns direct to customers.

However, she anticipated one or two customers a month may come to her home, located in the Wabash River Estates subdivision, to directly purchase a weapon or fill out required paperwork.

Lohse told the Board she has a large, biometric safe that is bolted to the ground in which to store the firearms, and has two years experience operating a gun shop.

Board President Joe Molyneux said after reviewing the request that it was one of the most thorough ever presented for a special use variance.

“I must admit, this is one of the most impressive displays I have ever seen,” he said. “She has all her ducks in a row completely.”

The Board voted 3-0 to approve the variance. Two members were not present at the meeting.

Lohse did not say when her gun store would open, but said she could now apply for a required permit following the Board’s approval of the special use variance.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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Carson Gerber is a reporter for the Kokomo Tribune and can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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