Philadelphia-area faith leaders meet with owner of notorious gun shop to seek adoption of Code of Conduct to diminish straw sales and handgun trafficking.

12/20/2010 - A delegation of faith leaders representing Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faiths twice met in December ’08 and early January ‘09 with Mr. James Colosimo, owner of Colosimo’s Gun Center on Spring Garden Street to seek his adoption of Heeding God’s Call’s Code of Conduct. Colosimo’s was, according to data from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) one of the five worst gun stores in the country, in terms of guns sold eventually recovered from crime. The Code is identical to the 10-point Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership signed between the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition and Walmart, the top gun retailer in the country. The Code is a set of business practices intended to make straw buying of guns less likely.

Mr. Colosimo was advised by the faith delegation that, if he agreed to adopt the Code, Heeding would organize a public celebration at his store on January 17, ‘09, and if he did not, the public action on that day would be a demonstration to bring attention to his refusal.

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