Residents sound off about Torrance County gun range expansion

Posted at: 01/09/2013 12:02 PM
Updated at: 01/09/2013 7:13 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A private shooting club in Torrance County near Edgewood wants to go public and it is causing a stir.

The Torrance County Commissioners are meeting to hear public comment and could vote on approving the public shooting range today.

The public hearing included both sides giving their arguments, public comment, commission executive session, and then a final decision or delay.

The majority of people who signed up to speak at Wednesday's meeting were for the public shooting range.

But some residents think there is too much noise already from the outdoor shooting range at the Founders Ranch.

Residents also are fearful for their kids and that making the private range public will also bring added traffic. They worry about possible stray bullets or increased traffic by the Route 66 Elementary School.

"You can hear it in your home. You can hear it with your doors shut. You can hear it when you go on a walk. You can hear it in your yard. Sitting on the deck, there's no listening to birds, you are listening to shooting" Mary Ann Ende said, who opposes the public range and lives half a mile from the Founders Ranch.

"You can hear it, but you've gotta listen for it. I mean, it's just 'da,da,da,da' off in the distance. And heck, I think there's only one or two houses that live within a mile (of the range)," SASS Founder Boyd Davis said.

Commissioners will take into account the problems of some Torrance County residents and the people who think the public range would help the county and various towns economies.