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Gun (zoning) fight at Talking Rock

Residents invited to second sound test for proposed gun range

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An executive training gun range could be coming to lots 10.2 and 10.3 off of Highway 136 between Talking Rock and the Jones Mountain Road  intersection, but may hinge on the results of an upcoming sound test the whole community has been invited to witness.

By Ralph O. Dennis

Contributing writer


The Talking Rock Council held their first meeting in their new chambers to an overflow crowd. The residents came out in mass for the public hearing on the proposed firearms training facility. It appeared that more than 60 people were in the room.

The public hearing began with town attorney Jeff Rushbridge explaining the procedures and rules for the hearing. Lee Heisman of Executive Firearms Training was the first to speak. He gave the residents a shortened version of the original presentation given to the council in May. He presented a noise study done by an independent company. Once he finished his presentation, three residents spoke in favor of the proposal. They cited that this project could bring other businesses to the town. Whitney Bennett, a neighbor of the proposed facility, told the crowd that she was there when the first sound tests were done, and she could not hear anything.

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