Neighbors fight to stop proposed gun range in Jefferson County - KMOV.com

Neighbors fight to stop proposed gun range in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Residents of Jefferson County are fighting against a proposed gun range, but the range still has a chance of being passed by the county council.

"I don't want to be woken up to gunfire at 6 o'clock in the morning," said Marilyn Enlow, who lives near the site of the proposed gun range.

According to Brian Rossomanno of 0311 Tactical Solutions, the company planning the range, county codes allow shooting as early as half an hour after sunrise, but the company has offered to hold all gunfire until after 9 a.m.

At the last county council meeting, the vote on the range was a tie. One council member was absent from the meeting and another vote is expected at next Monday's meeting.

More than 30 residents, including Enlow, signed a petition to stop the gun range from being built in a field along Highway B, South of Cedar Hill and Northwest of Hillsboro.

"It's a family area and I don't think it's a good place for a gun range," said Enlow. "I'm totally against it because I have my grandkids up here and I've heard they're going to be shooting towards Highway B and not away from Highway B."

0311 Tactical Solutions, out of Fenton, plans to operate the shooting range in the middle of a 167-acre field and a representative for the company said the gunfire will be in the direction of a vacant lot.

The range's owners plan to put 20 foot berms on both sides of the range and in accordance with county codes the gunfire will need to be less than sixty-five decibels.

"It's not going to be popular," said Jefferson County Councilman Jim Terry, who supports the gun range. "I'm definitely not going to be the most popular man in the county here."

The bottom line, Terry said, is that under county laws, a property owner has a right to open a business if they meet all requirements.

"The truth of the matter is the petitioner has satisfied what's written in the county law," said Terry.

Residents of Jefferson County said it is not uncommon to hear occasional sounds of gunfire from other residents' rural properties, but they said they do not want to hear continuous gunfire from morning to evening.

News 4 will follow next Monday's vote in the county council meeting.

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