Several Brownsburg residents raised questions and voiced their concerns, Wednesday, about the possibility of an indoor shooting range opening up near their homes.
Plans for a 100,000 square foot facility at 462 Southpoint Circle have not been filed yet with the Brownsburg Zoning Board, but the brain behind the range held an informational meeting for residents to gauge public opinion.
Joe Sellmer said he wanted to assure residents that he would put safety first. He said the facility would include 12 lanes for shooting and classrooms for training. He would not limit the caliber, but would limit the types of bullets shooters bring in.
While residents welcomed the business to Brownsburg, some didn’t want it near their homes.
Laree Blazer, President of the Austin Meadow’s Homeowners Association, said she has two major concerns.
“Safety, obviously that’s number one. Number two would be home values.”
Homeowner and mother of three Amber Matheney said the location makes her “uncomfortable.”
“I can actually see the facility from my kitchen window,” she said, fearing the accidents that could happen outside the facility if an untrained shooter makes a mistake. “I welcome the business to Brownsburg. I just don’t want it in my backyard.”
While gun sales and interest in gun training has increased since the Newtown school shooting and President Obama’s gun control plan, Sellmer said that’s not what motivated him to build a range. He said he has been working on the project for more than a year.
“There’s a ton of people out there that are getting permits to carry, but have never had them before, never owned a gun before, and they’re asking for training,” he said.
Sellmer said he would think about what was said at the meeting before deciding whether to file for the project or not. However, he said he didn’t hear any complaints that would cause him to not move forward. The project could be in front of the Brownsburg Board of Zoning Appeals as early as April.