- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Residents of a small subdivision bordering the city limits of Deadwood have put the City Commission in their crosshairs for approving a gun range about 1,000 feet from their homes without notifying them.

Deadwood Guns Firearm Range received permission a year ago to operate at a site on Deadwood’s north side. Since then, about 100 gun enthusiasts have used the range for fun shoots, training, police qualifications and competitions.

But area homeowners packed a recent City Commission meeting to complain about noise and possible harm to property values, and to voice concerns about safety.

“I live 390 yards, or 1,000 feet, from the range and that’s too close,” said Gary Schmaltz. “Is there anyone who would want a shooting range 1,000 feet from their home?”

Resident Harvey Kelly said he has been shooting guns since he was 6 and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. But he said the range would negatively affect property values for him and his neighbors.

Resident Danny Gray added that he wasn’t too happy by the sound of gunfire, calling it a “nuisance to those of us who live across the street,” the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1GlmZvx ) reported.

Range supporters say it complies with all city and state laws, encourages safety training and boosts the area economy. Owner Gregory M. Vecchi said that testing of decibel levels in the area showed that the noise from the gun range was less than the sound of a dog barking or a motorcycle passing by.

Homeowners are contemplating hiring an attorney to explore legal options.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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