- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - A proposed gun range in western South Dakota has drawn concerns about noise and safety from nearby residents and businesses.

The plan to move Sturgis Guns to a new location has been delayed after public concerns were raised at a Meade County Commission meeting last month, the Rapid City Journal reported . The indoor and outdoor gun range initially planned to move to a new property in Sturgis this month, said co-owner Tammy Bohn.

But the gun range received backlash after announcing the move on social media.

Sturgis City Councilor Mike Bachand said he fielded many calls from residents with concerns about the gun range’s new location. He cautioned that the Black Hills National Cemetery and Interstate 90 could be areas in the range’s field of fire.

William Cudmore lives near the proposed site and is concerned about how the range could affect property values. He wants a guarantee there won’t be any noise issues.

Bohn said misinformation has “slandered” her business.

“It’s troubling to know that he (Bachand) was given a public forum to smear our business and to scare the public,” Bohn said.

Meade County Commission Chairman Galen Niederwerder apologized to Bohn for allowing the public comment period during the April 25 meeting without both sides present.

“That was inappropriate on my part to allow any comments like that before we had a chance to hear from the owners of the business and the landowner,” Niederwerder said. “A lot of disparaging remarks were made and this body was used as a forum for that purpose.”

Bohn said the gun range is “trying to get the building up as soon as possible because we’re losing money every day it’s not activated.”


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

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