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South Dakota gun range addresses safety, noise concerns

May 14, 2018

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Developers are assuring residents that a proposed gun range in western South Dakota is safe amid concerns over noise and the facility’s field of fire.

Sturgis Guns consultants addressed unease about the range’s new facility at a Meade County Commission meeting last week, the Black Hills Pioneer reported .

The gun range announced plans last month to move to a new Sturgis location and build an indoor and outdoor facility. But many residents contacted county commissioners about the range’s safety and impact on property values.

William Cudmore lives near the proposed site, and he’s concerned about the noise.

“What it going to happen to our property values in that area with a gun range?” he asked.

City Councilor Mike Bachand has cautioned that the Black Hills National Cemetery and Interstate 90 may be in the gun range’s field of fire.

Sturgis Guns owner Tammy Bohn hired experts to address the sound and safety concerns.

“We are going to use the natural terrain,” said Stephen Powell of Patriot Outdoor of Clovis, New Mexico. “The huge hills that are available will insure that bullet impact is saturated into the ground.”

Earthen side berms will be used to narrow the line of fire and contain gunshots, Powell said.

“We don’t want to be a distraction. We don’t want people complaining about us. We want this to be a positive,” Bohn said.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie asked commissioners to seek input from municipal officials when considering the gun range’s building permits.

The gun range must move out of its current facility by May 31. The company hopes to start building by July.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com

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