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Indoor shooting range tapped for Harmar

January 11, 2014

A Marietta businessman says he welcomes input from the community as he pursues plans to add an indoor shooting range on his property in the 200 block of Pearl Street, an idea that has a petition......

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Jan-15-14 11:41 AM

I would not be in support of a **** store, Walmart, or indoor firing range in Harmer. I am not against any of those businesses, just "not in my back yard." And it also has a negative connotation for tourism even though it shouldn't.

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Jan-15-14 11:39 AM

To asknot: Anything nice on this side of town gets vandalized, stolen or destroyed. I would hate to see muggings at cars, guns stolen, etc. for people who don't realize this side of town is not the same as Front Street or Fifth Street, and more caution is required here with personal property.

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Jan-13-14 7:00 AM

I was in Chips shop about a year ago and watched an olderish couple purchase their first firearm. They had a lot of questions, but chip was only able to talk them through things. That couple would have benefited a lot if they would have been able to shoot the gun with chip's guidance.

Good luck Chip, hope it works out.

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Jan-13-14 12:03 AM

I'm not a fan of guns but I don't see how any of this should be a problem? Every issue can be fixed. Filters insulation etc. Capitalism.

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Jan-12-14 10:28 AM

That area must be zoned commercial since his contracting business as well as Moran's business is already their.

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Jan-12-14 9:51 AM

Good for you Chip. We could use a safe place to come and shoot that is close and I see no reason why you shoul not be able to open .

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Jan-11-14 9:52 PM

If developer pledges to the city not to exceed a certain reasonable noise level (as measured at neighbor's house) during certain hours, then there should be no reason he can't go ahead. If he exceeds the pledged levels, shut him down till he corrects it.

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Jan-11-14 9:08 PM

Definitely not against the concept. I think the worst thing about America and our rules with guns is that there is no mandatory training. Countries that have a right to arms but also have training requirements have drastically fewer accidental and homicidal deaths. Imagine if driving training wasn't mandatory...

That being said, the nature of this business is within confined walls. It will be a superstructure on lockdown in harmer. We have hundreds of square miles of open rolling hills here that seem more appropriate, or someplace near the fairgrounds. The climate over here is already a little iffy, and I can't imagine potential tension over this facility is welcomed.

If I could hear a good argument about how it would bring some jobs to Harmer I might be interested.

Also: what precedent does this set with regards to other private shooting ranges in the city? I know they just shut one down in Parkersburg due to sound.

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Jan-11-14 8:32 PM

Maybe somebody in P-burg can come up with something similar and not cost an arm and a leg to use. They can't ban firearms, but they sure are trying to make it too expensive to enjoy. Plinking may soon be one of those pastimes that go by the wayside.

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Jan-11-14 2:05 PM

Sign me up!!! What a great idea

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Jan-11-14 8:47 AM

This is a terrific idea. Chip is a responsible and meticulous contractor and has been in business for at least 20 years that I know of. When it comes to building something he knows what he is doing. It also says a lot when someone is willing to invest $500,000 of their own money in a business in Harmar. The neighbors ought to ask more questions before jumping on to sign a petition.

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Jan-11-14 8:38 AM

I like the idea of the indoor range. It sounds like they are trying to be responsible as well as provide a service that very few gun shops could offer. There are a number of methods they can use to reduce noise. I hope it is successful.

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