Gastonia City Council votes 'no' to shortening hours at skeet range

Gastonia City Council votes 'no' to shortening hours at skeet range

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 4:51 AM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- The Gastonia City Council voted Tuesday night not to shorten hours on Sundays at the city's skeet and trap range.

The proposal would have changed the Sunday hours from the current noon till 6 p.m. to only opening the range in the evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The proposed change followed complaints from some of those who use the newly renovated Rankin Lake Park which is right next door to the range.

Some of those complaining said it was hard to enjoy the tranquility of the park and lake because of all the shooting.

"About every morning that I come over here, there is somebody shooting," said Robert Ammons, as he baited a hook on the dock at the park Tuesday evening.

Ammons said he would favor the sound of silence, at least for one day a week.

"If I was at the park trying to enjoy it on Sunday, I'd rather that it be quiet than noisy," he said.

The city of Gastonia Recreation Department runs the range and made $115,000 last year from the sale of ammunition and clay pigeons.

Dan and Ann Holland, who have been coming to the range for years, said they did not favor shorter hours on Sundays.

"We walked the track sometimes here and you can't hear it that bad," said Ann.

City Council members debated the merits of possibly moving the range to a brand new location but in the end voted overwhelmingly to leave the hours the way they are now.

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