People who live on Newmantown Road in Grovetown say they have been hearing gunshots for too long. Bobbie Bauserman lives right down the street from the gun range on that road, and on Thursday night, he told the planning commission why the range needs to be shut down.
"They have been firing regularly. It hasn't stopped. It's a very well rehearsed situation. We call the Sheriff's Department, the Sheriff's Department comes out there," Bauserman says.
The county asked the owner to stop all operations out there until the situation is resolved. The owner requested that his property be rezoned so he could continue operating his business, but when the planning commission meeting got started, the owner's attorney withdrew that request. That means the shooting will have to stop.
"We don't know why they decided to withdraw the application. I don't have any idea why. There was a Sheriff's Department investigation into the bullet holes in the homes. They have been kind of quiet for about 30 days, so something is up and I don't know what it is," Bauserman says.
Bauserman says he is looking forward to finally having peace and quiet in his neighborhood, but in another part of Columbia County, another business owner is also trying to open a gun range.
"Our biggest concern was the fact that the kids growing up today don't have a place to go and learn guns safely," Feathered Friends Forever Board Director Bob Courtwright says.
Feathered Friends Forever is a bird sanctuary in Harlem. Courtwright and the owner want to turn the property into a gun range, but again, the people who live in that neighborhood have a problem with it, so the county rejected their application.
"We learned some new neighborhood issues, we were misinformed about the property behind the rescue. And with that and with the fact that there is a family back there, we are good with their decision. We just met with the neighbors and we now have two new friends," Courtwright says.
The owner of the gun range in Grovetown will have to wait 6 months before he can request a rezoning again.
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