Kingston gun range proposal to be heard by planning board
KINGSTON — The planning board will hear a proposal for an indoor firing range tonight.
Samantha Mooskian of Seabrook has proposed building the firing range inside a commercial building at 21 Route 125.
The meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. at town hall.
The proposal was scheduled for its first review by the board last month, but the discussion was postponed to give Mooskian more time to prepare.
The range would be open to the public but also would have lanes for use by police officers.
The plan has received a special exception from the zoning board. While zoning regulations for the area allow recreational activities, gun ranges aren’t listed as either permitted or prohibited uses.
“You could make the argument that it is a recreational use. It is indoors, and it’s my understanding just from knowing these types of facilities in other parts of the state that they’re pretty highly regulated,” said Glenn Coppelman, planning board vice chairman.
Coppelman said indoor firing ranges are “elaborate systems,” adding, “It’s not just somebody going in and setting up targets in a building and firing guns.”
Coppelman acknowledged that the proposal could raise concerns among neighbors, though the building is in a commercial area on Route 125.
“If you’re close by it might tend to make you certainly want to ask questions and be concerned,” Coppelman said.
Because the building has other uses as well, Coppelman said the board will have to make sure the range is compatible. East Coast Metal Works is located in the building.
“We need to look at it from a safety point of view,” Coppelman said.
Mooskian has said she would like to operate seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
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