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Holly Springs Residents Opposed to Shooting Range

Posted October 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Plans to build a shooting range in the Wake County town of Holly Springs met some resistance Monday night at a meeting at Holly Springs Elementary School. Some residents said while the range would be a legal distance away, it still won't be far enough for them.

Residents opposed to the shooting range were thinking about guns and noise being so close to the elementary school. Organizers said there is nothing to worry about because the range would be in the middle of nowhere, the nearest property line is 300 feet away and the nearest house is 2000 feet away.

Janet Seagroves, a resident of Holly Springs for five years, said she was horrified there could be a firing range 2000 feet from her home.

Seagroves and others against the proposal were concerned about the noise and the possibility of bullets flying, endangering people in the area.

Supporters of the firing range said residents' concerns about gunfire in the area were not valid because people hunt there all the time. They said the residents should be more concerned about hunting than the supervised firing range.

David Carter has directed the project since 1986 and said people were misinformed, and that he wanted to alleviate fears the residents felt.

Carter and his staff met with residents Monday night to talk about their fears. While Carter explained the building was designed to keep bullets inside, some residents like Seagroves were not convinced.

A noise consultant came to the meeting and explained the noise at the facility would be no louder than a person speaking in a normal tone. WRAL's Wisdom Martin spoke with people after the meeting and most were still angry that the project was going to be in the Holly Springs area. County commissioners are expected to make a decision on November 3.

Reporter: Wisdom Martin