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Indoor Gun Range Proposal

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CODY, WYOMING -

A proposal for an indoor gun range is drawing criticism from neighboring businesses in downtown Cody. They're concerned the noise might drive away their customers.

Every summer night pretend gunfights take place in downtown Cody, just down the street from where a real indoor gun range is being proposed.

The General Manager of Wyoming Firearms Experience Paul Brock said, "We'd actually build a new building and be able to place that building inside the existing building."

Brock has asked the city for the permit, to put the indoor range in this building. Owners of the adjacent businesses say they have no problems with guns, or gun ranges. They're concerned about the noise.

The owner of Juniper Wine and Spirits, Ruffin Prevost said, "The place proposed for the indoor range is in a crowded downtown historic district, where all of the buildings are built with no setbacks directly adjacent to each other. We've already heard from our customers that they don't want to sit outside on the patio and listen to constant sounds of gunfire."

The owner of another adjacent business, Mike McCue, told us by phone he's concerned the noise will prevent him from being able to attract customers to another business he plans to build on the lot, or sell it.

He owns McCue Automotive next door to the building where the indoor gun range would be.

Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown said, "The city council is charged with the issuance of firearm permits." Brown said the city does not have a noise ordinance yet.

Brock explained, "So what we've asked the city to do is come up and establish the maximum level of noise that can be heard from outside of the properties." Brock said his business would work within those limits.

The owner of a gun shop across the street is looking forward to a firing range. Linda Downer of Cody Sports and Pawn said, "Think of it as being able to come and try something first before you actually purchase it."

The Wyoming law protects existing gun ranges from lawsuits or prosecution for noise pollution. Prevost is concerned he won't be able to challenge the gun range noise after the city allows it to be built.

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