A Davenport Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing scheduled for Thursday to hear a Davenport man’s request to start a business dealing guns out of his home was postponed for two weeks.
Only three of the board’s five members were on hand for the meeting.
The board’s vice-chair, Cathy Hart, told petitioner Kye Staples that at least three votes were needed for approval of his request. If the hearing had proceeded, all three board members attending would have had to vote in Staples' favor.
Hart gave Staples the option of tabling the hearing until May 23 when all five board members may be present.
"I would like to table it until that time," Staples told Hart. The meeting then was adjourned.
In addition to Hart, board members Kristine Woodard and Ed Brown were present for Thursday’s hearing. Board chair Bruce Bleke and James Reistroffer were absent.
Staples, 32, and a U.S. Marine who served two tours in Iraq, is requesting permission to sell firearms out of his home, including through the mail and over the Internet.
He already deals in ammunition and gun accessories but wants to expand his business. Staples also has applied to be a federal firearms license holder.
About 20 people, some neighbors of Staples, were in the audience awaiting a chance to either protest or support his request.
The May 23 meeting will be 4 p.m. in Davenport City Council chambers