Newport decision opens door for gun range plans
Tuesday night the commission modified a conservation easement of an old 80-acre ash landfill site by taking about 60 acres out of the easement so that it could be developed.
“We won’t be selling it. We will be approaching Sturm, Ruger to see if they would like to lease the land for the creation of a firing range,” Brown said. “We can’t sell it. We need to monitor the land fill until 2031.”
Brown plans to meet with Ruger officials soon to discuss the issue, he said.
In May, gun maker Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc. and the Mountain View Gun Club pulled their plans for a shooting range on John Stark Highway, routes 11 and 103, citing the financial costs of the project.
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