Saturday, April 13, 2013

Firing range hazardous to neighbors' health?

Lynn Carlsen is a former neighbor and mother of two, whose husband, Steve, owns a pair of Belgian Shorthaired Pointers I was crazy about when I lived in Wares Creek.
Their family owns a 1,000-acre ranch in Myakka City they’d invite me to visit, an offer I’ve yet to take up.
Unfortunately, they do not feel completely safe on its boundaries during weekend getaways there.
The fear of stray bullets from a nearby shooting range is why.
Not to mention the unnerving noise of semi-automatic gunfire.
That anxiety has been a growing issue shared by neighbors of the Myakka Education and Training Center/Rocky Creek Ranch, which has been operating for more than a year without a Manatee County permit.
It reared its head last week when the gun camp owners — Chris Baden and Ray and Sara Baden — sought a special permit for operation of the outdoor firing range against the vocal objections of rightfully concerned residents.
Lynn Carlsen isn’t some anti-gun zealot.

Read more Sunday in Mannix About Manatee on Bradenton.com.


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