Owner Dennis Gorski talks about the reloading process as he
looks over some of the items offered at Titan Rebuilding on
Wednesday morning in Hartford. Gorski said they hope to move
into their new location on Highway 60 in May.
John Ehlke/Daily News
HARTFORD - A Hartford retailer in business for five
years wants to move to a larger location to store about
1,000 pounds of smokeless gunpowder.
Titan Reloading Inc. has an Internet presence and a
store in Hartford at 660 Grand Ave., but recently they
were granted a conditional use permit and hope to close
soon on the purchase of a larger building at 994 W.
permit was needed so the business can expand to store
components involved with firearm reloading — smokeless
gunpowder and primers.
“We’re master distributors of Lee Precision firearm
ammunition reloading equipment,” said Dennis Gorski who
along with his wife Robin own the business. “Many people
have discovered that reloading is easy to do and the
cost savings over purchased ammunition is significant.
Bullet shells on display Wednesday at Titan
“There’s also a growing concern about future government
regulations regarding ammunition now that the Supreme
Court has upheld a citizen’s right to bear arms.”
City Planner Justin Drew said the company wants to store
as much as 1,000 pounds of smokeless powder at the new
“Staff initially had concerns smokeless gunpowder could
be considered an explosive and consulted with the fire
chief to see what safety concerns he had,” Drew said.
The Milwaukee office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms said the ATF storage and building
separation regulations only apply to black gunpowder,
which is considered a low explosive, Drew said.
Drew said staff members recommended approving the CUP
because they do not believe it poses a fire and safety
risk. Drew said the Gorskis intend to meet all federal
requirements and the building meets the minimum building
separation standard of the International Building Code
which requires the
building to be at least 30 feet from a structure.
plan to construct a separate fire-resistant room with a
sprinkler system within our warehouse area to store the
powders and primers,” Gorski said.
Much of the company business, he said, is from online
customers, but they hope to sell more over-the-counter.
new building is about 4,800, or double the size of the
current building, Gorski said. “We still have a lease
here for a few more months and there are three tenants
in the building we’ll move to. After they move out,
we’ll begin to do what we need to do to have the
building meet our needs.”
Gorski said Titan Reloading could add employees.
Titan Reloading is a family business. Gorski said two
sons, two daughters and a fiancé work full time for the
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