Neighbors concerned over new shooting range permit

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Neighbors in Pulaski County are concerned about a special permit for a commercial shooting range. 

The property owner that wants to turn his private land into a private clay target range. 

It was the property owner who held the meeting on his own accord to get the input of his neighbors. 

The room was packed with neighbors and people all voicing their concerns about a special permit for a commercial shooting range. 

Many of their concerns included the noise the shotguns make and their property values, especially around Claytor Lake.  

Barry Moore Jr. owns the land and is asking for the special permit to be granted. 

He says he wants to have a private members only clay target range and is not looking to expand the operation he already has on his property. 

“I’ve just had a passion for this since I was there age in college and I’m a competitive clay and sport shooter and enjoy the clay target sports,” said Barry Moore Jr., who is the property owner.

“Appreciate Barry listening to us and I appreciate his honesty but in all respects, you go to that place for the beauty of it and the nature that’s around there the birds and fish and the bears and deer and everything and you know when they start shooting everything starts running,” said Jose Simon who is a concerned neighbor. 

Currently, the property owner does let college club teams use the land to practice skeet shooting and he said that he wants to be able to regulate when the students can practice and what equipment they can use. 

The next step is the permit request will go to the Pulaski Planning Commission. 

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