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Letter: Darrel Blackwell
Shooting range needed
Sunday, July 15, 2012
To everyone in this area who hunts or like to shoot: A few years back someone tried to open a shooting range for the public and about two weeks ago they had a meeting on another person wanting to open one. This one was, from what I read in the paper, going to be a firearms training and shooting range. Both were shot down. On the first one, I understand that some people didn’t want to hear all the noise, and at this last meeting they turned this one down, but I was not told why.
We need a safe place to be able to shoot if the county will not allow someone to open a firing range for the public. I don’t know, maybe it’s because they think it won’t bring money into this area like the Martinsville Speedway, sports complex or the Smith River.
It seems to me that they would want something new in this area, something that the people like myself could and would enjoy. If anyone knows why they turned this firearms training and shooting range down I would love to know.
(Editor’s note: According to Henry County Planning Director Lee Clark, the county’s Board of Zoning turned down the request out of concerns over the proposed range’s close proximity to Mary Hunter Drive, two residences and two churches.)