WJTV News Channel 12 - Cumberland Co. passes new guidelines for shooting ranges

Cumberland Co. passes new guidelines for shooting ranges

Posted: Updated:
Just behind Pat Davis's home in the Gray's Creek area of Cumberland County is a proposed outdoor shooting range. Davis and others pushed for regulations that would keep ranges further away from homes. Just behind Pat Davis's home in the Gray's Creek area of Cumberland County is a proposed outdoor shooting range. Davis and others pushed for regulations that would keep ranges further away from homes.
HOPE MILLS, N.C. -

Monday night Cumberland County Commissioners approved new regulations that would keep new outdoor shooting ranges further from homes.

Stray bullets and gun noise from existing and proposed ranges were concerns for some citizens. Some people who live in Cumberland County say there was a lack of regulation, which means shooting ranges could be too close to homes. It is a concern commissioners have acknowledged, and Monday night they ironed out some new measure to address the concerns.

The new county guidelines will require new shooting ranges to be on 200 acres of land as a way to ensure they are further away from homes. A public hearing will also be required before any new shooting range is approved.

"I don't have a problem with people bearing arms, but we also have to protect our citizens as well," commented Commissioner Charles Evans earlier on Monday.

County Commission Chairman Jimmy Keefe explained commissioners need to decide on a minimum acreage for outdoor shooting ranges, as well as a specific zoning for the ranges and what safety measures need to be in place.

Right now Cumberland County has more than a dozen outdoor shooting ranges. Some are in agricultural areas, while others are in commercial or even residentially zoned areas.

Some homeowners such as Pat Davis and Larry Roan say ranges just do not have enough acreage around them to provide a sufficient buffer between the shooting and the nearby homes.

Davis and Roan live in different homes near a proposed outdoor shooting range on Saplin Road in the Gray's Creek area.

They had concerns about noise from the guns, and also about safety.

They worried that stray bullets could fly across a field or through the woods and into their yards or homes.

"I'm for everyone's individual right to have something like that set up, but then again it has to be in a strictly controlled environment and again away from a residential area," Roan said Monday afternoon. "We as the community need to be concerned and raise the red flag and let the people with the right guidance say what the regulations should be."

The new regulations mean the shooting range Davis and Roan worried about will not be allowed. The proposed range was 3.8 acres.

Commissioners said they plan to revisit the new regulations in about a year to decide if any adjustments need to be made.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Indictment: Prosecutor was target of Wake Forest kidnapping

    Indictment: Prosecutor was target of Wake Forest kidnapping

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:57:33 GMT
    The U.S. Department of Justice said Kevin Melton has been charged with conspiring to kidnap in relation to the abduction of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest homeThe U.S. Department of Justice said Kevin Melton has been charged with conspiring to kidnap in relation to the abduction of Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home
    Nine people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
    Nine people have been indicted in connection with the kidnapping of a Wake Forest man whose daughter prosecuted a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
  • High school senior kicked out of prom for wearing pants

    High school senior kicked out of prom for wearing pants

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:27:58 GMT
    According to a senior at Cherryville High School, a pair of her red skinny jeans got her kicked out of her Senior Prom and has started a bit of a controversy at the school since. "In a way it's kind of
    According to a senior at Cherryville High School, a pair of her red skinny jeans got her kicked out of her Senior Prom and has started a bit of a controversy at the school since.
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.