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Holly Springs Will Get Shooting Range

Posted November 17, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A storm of controversy raged around the issue, but now the decision has been made. A shooting range is coming to the Wake County town of Holly Springs.

For months people who live near the Wake County landfill in Holly Springs have been protesting about the proposed gun range, but the county has now changed the range from a large semi-enclosed facility to a smaller one which will be completely indoors. They hope these changes will calm residents' fears.

Tommy Seagroves lives directly across the street from the site of the new Wake County firing range. He says he's not happy about the vote.

Seagroves is not alone in his dissatisfaction. Hundreds of people who live in subdivisions near the site have protested against the range. Their biggest concerns about locating the range at the Feltonsville landfill are noise and safety. Wake County Commissioner Betty Ward says there are just too many people living in that area.

Despite all the protests, county commissioners voted 4 to 3 in favor of the proposal. Area resident Eric Loreck says he doesn't think commissioners care about the people who live there.

Commissioners say this isn't true the final plan calls for a smaller enclosed range. They say this will cut down on noise and increase safety. The focus of the range will be law enforcement training. Sheriff John Baker says the range is badly needed.

Recreational shooters will also have some access to the range. Shooting hobbyist Al Cohen says he's glad the range will be built.

Construction on the range is set to begin in the Spring of 1998. Originally it was supposed to be finished in the fall, but because the plans are more complicated now, it could take longer.

Photographer:Lori Foushee