Shooting Range Fires Up Newport Residents

Sturm Ruger Company and Mountain View Gun Club have eyes on a 67-acre industrial zoned lot along Rt. 11 and Witcher Road in Newport in hopes of building a no-blue sky shooting range. James F. Laboe, attorney for Ruger and the Mountain View presented a preliminary, non-binding plan for the un purchased property to the Newport Planning Board on Tuesday night.
Attorney Rebecca A Wagner represented the opponents of the shooting range; many who own property near the proposed range and expressed concerns of noise, safety, traffic, and property values.
The Planning Board asked Attorney Laboe to reconsider hours of operations since the plan called for 8am-8pm (or dusk) seven days a week. No date was set last night for the next meeting.

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