Elon Town Officials Vote Against Building An Indoor Shooting Range

10:29 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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Elon, NC - The Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 against an amendment that would have allowed the construction of an indoor shooting range.

Elon Mayor Jerry Tolley told WFMY News 2 that the Board of Aldermen did a lot of research before voting. John Peterson visited other indoor shooting ranges in the area but ultimately decided to vote against the shooting range.

WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford talked to Stephen Buff, another member of the Elon Board of Aldermen who voted against the range.

Buff doesn't think Elon is the right setting for an indoor range. He worries about the proximity to schools and neighborhoods.

"I have guns, but I would prefer not to encourage more people with loaded guns to come into our town," said Buff.

Ron and Travis Stallings wanted to build the indoor shooting range at 949 E. Haggard Ave.

They requested the text amendment which would have allowed for them to build the property. Travis Stallings thinks Elon is the perfect location for a range. Stallings thinks fear stood in the way of the vote.

"I think the uncertainty, the unfortunate circumstances that are currently in the media and in the news. I think that it is strictly based off of fear," Stallings said.

Click here to see the proposed text amendment the Stallings were hoping for.

The Stallings might look into other locations outside of Elon. They're still hopeful about building an indoor range somewhere in the area.

WFMY News 2

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