Vineyard Haven gun dealer clears first hurdle

Rubin Cronig's application to add high-end gun sales to his merchandise at this Main Street shop has been approved by Tisbury Police chief Daniel Hanavan. — George Brennan

Tisbury Police Chief Daniel Hanavan has approved a permit for Rubin Cronig to open a gun shop on Main Street, which means Mr. Cronig passed the criminal background and mental health check.

But Mr. Cronig still needs a Federal Firearms License, known as an FFL, through the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF), Chief Hanavan said.

A spokesman for the ATF could not immediately say where Mr. Cronig’s application is in the process. According to the ATF website, the process requires the applicant to fill out an application and pay the applicable fee. The process includes a site visit and interview by an industry operations investigator, according to the website.

Mr. Cronig has told the chief that he intends to sell high-end shotguns for skeet shooting and collectors. The guns range in price from $20,000 to $100,000.

Mr. Cronig has not commented publicly on his proposal, but the Tisbury board of selectmen have expressed concerns about the idea of a gun shop on Main Street at his Vineyard Time shop, where he sells watches and other jewelry.

Town officials have no say over the license, and there is precedent for a gun shop on Main Street.