After surviving 20 years despite hostility from city leaders, the last gun shop in the Twin Cities has closed, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Koscielski’s Guns and Ammo, which dueled with City Hall since its opening in 1995, turned out the lights in recent weeks. It was the last full-service gun shop in Minneapolis or St. Paul, where zoning has made such shops nearly impossible to operate.
Its proprietor, Mark Koscielski, grew up in Minneapolis and felt passionately about keeping his business there. “You have a right to go shop in your own city for what you want,” Koscielski said last week, “whether you want to go down to Cub Foods and buy a pound of hamburger meat or if you want to go buy a gun or a case of beer.” Its closure comes despite a booming gun business in the suburbs. Koscielski’s current owner, O’Neal Hampton Jr., will soon join them with a new shooting range in Eagan.