Among the boutiques of Main Street in Branford is a building that still bears the "footwear" and "apparel" signs of a former tenant, but hanging in the plate glass window is a sign saying "TGS Outdoors Now Open."
Only the bars in a window near the door hint that the shop sells firearms.
"It's the least of things we need in Branford," said Radouane Nasry. "Branford was just nice without any gun stores."
"I think it's wonderful," said Anthony Gambardella. "Everybody has the right to bear firearms, as long as you're not a felon."
Authorities are considering using land use laws to limit where in Branford stores can operate that sell firearms.
"I don't have a problem with the gun store," said David Jacobs, a former police commissioner. "I wish Congress would get going and make sure that they had adequate background checks and also did something as far as the mental health issue."