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Some residents fired up over Wake Forest PD gun range

Posted August 22, 2008

— Some Wake Forest residents say the noise of gunfire from a police shooting range is disrupting their quality of life, and they want it out of their backyards.

Gunfire from the range can be heard as late as 9 p.m. on a Tuesday night in the Hunters Crossing and Sedgefield Park subivisions.

"A war zone is not something you're usually hearing in Wake Forest, N.C.," resident Drew Alexander said.

Homeowner Jim Wragge said the noise of gunshots woke his young daughter in the night, upsetting her.

"She wanted me to hold her because she was afraid of the gunfire," Wragge said.

The shooting range lies between the subdivisions and behind Flaherty Park, off the 1200 block of North White Street. Some of the houses were built before the range, some after.

Wake Forest police officers said the shooting range is critical for training efforts. All officers use it to qualify for their annual weapons tests, and the department's Tactical Service Unit trains there.

To get the training they need, officers have to use the range at different times of the the day, Lt. Mike Maron said.

"This is one of the those things we have to do," Maron said. "We have to have training, and the training has to be realistic."

The shooting range is owned by the police department and is not open to the public.

Town leaders met with upset homeowners earlier this year and agreed to find ways to reduce the noise. One solution was to block the sound with piles of dirt around the range.

"They will hear some noise. We're not going to be able to quiet them completely," Maron said.

Maron said the town was also looking into buying silencers for some guns. The town seeks to notify homeowners of training dates and times at the shooting range.

Some homeowners, though, said those solutions are not far-reaching enough.

"The whole thing should be moved somewhere else," resident Paul Jordan said.


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  • chelesteve Aug 26, 2008

    the people complaining now will be the same ones complaining when the police don't/can't protect them because the police don't have enough fire-arm training...

  • Shotokan68 Aug 22, 2008

    At the entrance to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (the sound of the jet aircraft makes RDU sound like a golf match) there's a sign that reads: "Please pardon our noise, it's the sound of FREEDOM!"

  • ccs1920 Aug 22, 2008

    Change the ending time to 8PM instead of 9PM and do the night practice during the winter. You are going to have problems anywhere you put it. GET OVER IT

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Aug 22, 2008

    Yea, I have 15 acres plus in Franklin County and one day I was having my usual fire arms fix and sober I might add. I had an AK-47, a 9 mil Baretta and a .50 Cal Thompson muzzle loader. After a few minutes a FC Deputy came up the drive and asked what I was doing. It was really hard to hold back but I didn't respond in the usual manner. I asked if there was a problem aand his response was that a neighbor had complained about the shooting and asked the 911 operator to tell me to stop. I have all the correct permits for the AK and have handled firearms for over 40 years and instructed the deputy to to tell the caller that I'll stop shooting when I was finished. I'm nowhere near any city limits like the Harry Callahans in WF soooooooooooo I do what I want becasue I can. Come on up t oFC guys and shoot all you want.

  • ArkAngels Aug 22, 2008

    Well they could find a homeowner in Franklin County that would allow them to use their backyard for a shooting range. The last time I reported a neighbor for shooting in his backyard (and they were drinking alcohol to boot), I was told by the deputy that responded that basically we could open a shooting range in our backyard and there was nothing they could do about it.

    So come on up to Franklin County and open one up where no one can complain.

  • chatamite Aug 22, 2008

    This whining is like the Cary people who moved into neighborhoods next to and Airport and then complained about that noise. Get over it or move. And if you didn't know about an existing range, then seek out your Realtor/Broker, they were required by their license to tell you about certain things.

  • lizard Aug 22, 2008

    Gunfire puts me to sleep. I miss Iraq sometimes. That smell of burnt powder wrafting thru my nostrils. Makes me want to go clean my guns.

  • ifcdirector Aug 22, 2008

    Let the police shoot on their range. If these homeowners had any sense at all they would be out practicing their right to defend their lives too at a civilian range rather than complaining when officers are trying to improve their shooting skills. They have the right to do that and the requirement because of their jobs.

  • The Fox Aug 22, 2008

    I believe it was Governor Hunt that signed the NC Range Protection Act into law. You move next to an existing firearms range in this State, well tough.

  • 1Moms_View Aug 22, 2008

    These complaints are ridiculous. The same people would be complaining if police COULDN'T practice and stay certified. So, I guess when they are being robbed or attacked, their child kidnapped or molested, they want police to do what..hold up a sign saying drop your gun or I'll throw the sign??? Get real people. Be glad it's police shooting you hear and not bullets flying through your house from a drive by gang shooting. Sheez, some people.