- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police officers will hold an informational meeting for neighbors of an outdoor shooting range to be built at a Public Safety Training Center in Omaha.

The Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1QcxwKq ) reports that starting Wednesday and continuing through Feb. 13, the meetings will allow neighbors to ask the Omaha Police Department about any concerns.

The training center’s addition will cost $2.47 million. The city will pay $1.27 million and the FBI will pay $1.2 million.

Construction of the 20-lane gun range is slated to begin this fall. The range is expected to open for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in late 2017.

Kevin Hytrek, a firearms instructor for the FBI office in Omaha, has previously said that an outdoor range would help add a level of reality for training. Right now, the training center’s indoor range has a maximum distance of 50 yards.

“The range would. … put people in position to get a background on what happens in a real environment,” he said. “Most shooting incidents happen outdoors.”

It isn’t thought that gunshot noise will be a problem because the area is zoned for industrial and rural use.

Police say the sound of the shooting range within a quarter mile would be similar to being 10 feet away from a vacuum cleaner. They say that from two miles away, the range would sound like a running dishwasher is in the next room.

The gun range will be open Monday through Friday, as well as one weekend a month, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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