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Neighbors sue to stop gun range development in rural Pike County

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(KMOV) -- A group of neighbors is suing to prevent a gun range from moving into their neighborhood. The range is situated along Highway WW in rural Pike County - within a mile of Clopton schools.

"Even the smallest caliber bullet will go a mile and a half. So, any accidental discharge, any accident, God forbid, could affect us, the school, surrounding neighbors," said Ed O'Brien, whose home borders the gun range property on Highway WW.

O'Brien says he learned about the plans for the shooting range in March. He and other neighbors have since asked the courts for an injunction.

Tuesday, Judge Rachel Bringer said she would make a decision by Friday, June 3rd - the day a temporary injunction is set to expire.

Two gun range investors, who are also attorneys, argued the range would be used under the supervision of an instructor. John Wall said the outdoor shooting would take place against a ridge on the property with backstops built around it.

The gun range plans to construct indoor shoot houses for certain types of training. Wall said his business plans to allow police, military, and those with concealed carry permits to practice.

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