SPRING VALLEY, Minn. - Karen and Karl Bjellum have a blended family of six children and say it's a blessing to be able to raise them in a home that teaches them respect and safety around all firearms.
The Spring Valley city council voted unanimously Monday to approve a conditional use permit to obtain their federal firearms license, which would allow them to sell firearms from their business which happens to be in their home.
The couple first had conversations with other members of the community. Karl tells KIMT one of the concerns raised by community members was safety. He says that is their main priority.
"We've had to put in a security system, 24-hour monitoring with recording, safety features of the home," he said.
Safety is key here, especially for their business to be a success and they both are making sure all measures are covered. From teaching their children safety and respect of firearms to teaching other kids and neighbors in their community the same thing.
Next, the Bjellum family will need approval from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives then home checkups will begin.
Karen and Karl agree that within the next five years they'd like to be able to move the business out of their home and to a store in downtown Spring Valley.