Cincinnati-based company takes aim at Carmel for new shooting range

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CARMEL – Nearly 450,000 Hoosiers have gun permits. If a Cincinnati company gets its way, there will be a new place for them to fire off some rounds in Carmel.

As a guy who likes to shoot, David James admits he’s a bit biased.

“I think it is a stress reliever, at the same time I think it is something I have grown up with,” said James.

But he still has concerns about a shooting range possibly coming to Carmel.

“I think for the area it would be different,” he said. “As long as it is safe, as long as it is well-maintained, and as long as it was licensed and everything.”

Cincinnati-based Point Blank Range and Gun Shop is taking steps to open up shop where Park Place Motors once stood. If it goes through, the building on Rangeline Road would be torn down. A state-of-the-art shooting facility would take its place.

Haley Kramer worries what the increase in firearm affection will do to her neighborhood.

“We have a lot of other things you can do,” said Kramer. “I think we have other attractions. It does not really—I do not think it suits where we are and our location.”

If it happens, Kyle Hankins would live right across the street from the range. He made a compelling point with more than 15,000 people in Hamilton County with gun permits.

When asked if a shooting range is a good idea, Hankins said, “That is up to the taxpayers of Carmel. I think it would be. I know a lot of people in Carmel are gun owners, so I do not see why a little bit of practice would not help.”

Point Blank Range and Gun Shop also wants to expand to Louisville and Pittsburgh. The process here in Carmel is just beginning. According to the City of Carmel, here are the next steps in the process:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 9 a.m. – Plan goes to Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) where utilities and public safety issues will be discussed.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m. – Item will appear on Plan Commission agenda and public comment can be given at that time. The item will more than likely be sent to the Special Studies Committee of the Plan Commission for further review.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6 p.m. – Special Studies Committee meeting scheduled. After that, it may stay in committee for further study or go back to Plan Commission.