Part of the problem is the noise. A point that needs stressing in pushing for the hearing protection act. Silencers do not mute the noise but like car and motorcycle mufflers cut the noise level down below the deafening level.
Development and the expansion of cities is cutting down on the wide open spaces we used to have.
by Cam Edwards, Host, NRATV’s “Cam & Co.”
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Muscatine County, Iowa, is home to about 40,000 people, and like too many places around the country, gun owners there have no public range where they can practice or compete safely. That may be changing, but it won’t be easy. The Muscatine Journal recently reported on a contentious public meeting about the proposed range, and found dozens of voices raised in favor of the range, along with some individuals who might seem like unlikely opponents.
About a dozen residents, including one man who identified himself as a hunter and NRA member, opposed the range because they say it will lower their property values, as well as raise noise levels around their homes. Meanwhile, more than 100 others were in attendance to support the range. The local sheriff noted that the police department currently has to train on private ranges, and the public range would benefit local law enforcement as well as local gun owners. Advocates of youth shooting sports spoke about the new opportunities for young people in Muscatine County to participate in one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. And at the end of the meeting, the county’s zoning commission decided not to take a vote on the range, but to table the matter until a future date yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, in Easton, Conn., the “not in my backyard” protests are being directed at a range that has been around for about 40 years. The Aquarion Water Company gun range serves as the training site for the Aquarion security officers, as well as several local police departments. The range, which isn’t open to the public, is only in use about 30 days a year, but that hasn’t stopped some local residents from complaining that “something” must be done. One local farmer says she knew about the range when she bought her small farm seven years ago, but swears that the noise is getting louder and more frequent over the last several years. The spokesman for the water company points out that shooting and plinking on private properties is also likely taking place, not just activity at the range. Right now, no noise or anti-hunting ordinance has been filed, but local politicians are taking note of the issue.