Study Details Impact Of Sporting Clay Range

Nov. 1, 2019

Editor, The News-Gazette:

By now, you will have heard of a growing dispute between the new owner of Quail Ridge, an existing sporting clay range off of Collierstown Road, and the local community of homeowners and family businesses. You might be tempted to dismiss this as just another NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) row about a gun range or assume that it’s a continuation of the culture war over guns. And you would be wrong.

Opposition is predicated on folks’ knowledge of what Quail Ridge once was, what we currently see and hear, and the results of an engineering study detailing the impact the proposed expansion will have on safety, quality of life, and property values. Among the study’s findings:

1. A triangle 2.5 miles long by one mile wide covering an area of 840 acres containing 30 homes would be at unacceptable risk to injury or ricochet damage from .308 caliber bullets.

2. Using a noise assessment model (SARNAM), the addition of pistols and rifles to Quail Ridge “places 3200 acres including 97 tax parcels and 50 homes, in Department of Defense Noise Zone II.” This is considered unacceptable for single-family housing, mobile homes, parks, and playgrounds

3. Designation as Noise Zone II “negatively impacts the health and wellbeing of the residents, depresses land values, and may disqualify residents from FHA mortgages.”

The engineer concluded that Quail Ridge does not have the structural safety features or location to safely operate as a pistol and rifle range in compliance with best practices and NRA standards. Sporting clays, yes; rifles and pistols, no.

So, where do the newly elected members of the Board of Supervisors stand on the proposed Quail Ridge expansion? Call and find out. How they vote will impact someone you know today and perhaps you yourself tomorrow.

DR. JOSÉ E. DOMINGUEZ

Kerrs Creek

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