Florida Pawn Shop Owner Pulls All His Guns off the Shelves

Frank James declares ‘I’m not going to be a part of it any more,’ even if it means losing his business.

A pawn shop owner in Seminole, Florida, Frank James has pulled all the guns out of their cabinets and off the walls of his store. According to ABC Action News, after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut James said,

I basically broke into tears and looked up on the wall, seeing the types of firearms I am selling … I’m not going to be part of it anymore.

At his shop Loan Star Pawn, the display case that once held several Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles is conspicuously empty, as well as the glass counters that used to be filled with handguns. James said he has several of the exact rifles Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people, including 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December, 14. He said, ‘the model, the brand, everything.’

What really hit this father of four was that reality that his youngest, a six-year-old daughter, is the same age as the children who were shot and killed in Newtown, Connecticut. He said, ‘I dropped my daughter off at school this morning.  That was enough for me.’ James explained that over the weekend following the massacre he thought long and hard about what could happen after he sells a weapon to someone, and came to the realization that Lanza’s mother could have been his customer. He said,

I probably would have sold a firearm to that woman thinking she’s buying it for her own defense, and then something like that happens.

The harsh reality of Mr. James choice however, may be the loss of his business. Although his store is filled with items such as vintage telephones and cash registers, guitars, fishing poles and even a few boxes of discontinued Hostess treats, none of these items can come close to generating the thousands of dollars’ worth of income the sale of his guns could. James however, stands behind his decision,

It’ll probably cause my business to go out of business … I couldn’t live with myself if one of my firearms went out, got in the wrong hands and killed an innocent person, let alone a child … Conscience wins over making money … We need more gun control.

If only more business owners were willing to risk losing their livelihood to stand up for what they believe is right, to protect our children and our communities any way they can. Thank you Mr. James, you are a good man.

Photo: C. G. P. Grey/Flickr

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Comments

  1. Frank James is clearly a Good Man! Not because he stopped selling inanimate objects, but because he did it in the spirit of child-safety…not drama…not panic…but child-safety!

    ***If only more business owners were willing to risk losing their livelihood to stand up for what they believe is right, to protect our children and our communities any way they can. Thank you Mr. James, you are a good man.***

    I wonder how the cigarette store owners feel?

  2. When I was living in FLA and a question for gun controls where the topic of discussion a bumper sticker came out; “If guns were outlawed only outlaws would have guns!”
    I do not have any guns but I do see the logic behind the statement and remember in history that totalitarian governments, as in national socialist party [nazi], communist Russia, communist China all enforced very strict gun control over the people before they took the final control of the countries.
    I am more in fear of cops and government with guns than a madwoman with a gun having a bad day.

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