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Iowa board rejects sheriff’s request for shooting range

August 20, 2019

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Black Hawk County supervisors have rejected the sheriff’s request to buy a shooting range near Raymond he’s been renting and using as a training center.

The Courier reports that Sheriff Tony Thompson had sought permission to buy the 122-acre Pint’s Quarry he’s been leasing since 2009.

But the county board on Tuesday voted 3-2 to reject the $150,000 purchase, citing opposition from neighbors who say the Raymond Range Training Facility is already a noise and safety problem.

One neighbor, Jack Knipp, says living near the range is like living “in a war zone” and said neighbors have to “put up with gunfire during evening meals, family time, past children’s bedtimes and even on weekends.”

But Thompson has said his plan to buy the quarry would have helped by adding 22 acres north of the range to put in trees and berms to help muffle the sound.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com