Franklin County Residents Upset Over Proposed Gun Range

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission has postponed its decision on whether to permit an outdoor shooting range to be established in the area. This comes after several nearby residents spoke out against the range at the commission’s Tuesday meeting.

Robert Dix currently owns Top Gun Shooting Sports, an indoor shooting range in Arnold. Now, he hopes to open Top Gun Sportsmen’s Club on a 210 acre property on Highway 47 South in Lonedell.

In addition to shooting ranges, the members-only club will feature archery, paintball, fishing, boating and hiking trails. A lodge on the property would be used for corporate retreats.

But for Gwen Stein and her family, who live on a cattle farm right across the street, the range would just mean misery. Stein says she isn't opposed to guns, and her husband is an avid hunter. It's thought of the constant noise, all day every day, that's causing her to lose sleep at night. She explains, "Very concerned, just worried that our whole way of life is going to be changed and we're not going to have the peace and solitude that we have here, and I know the community enjoys that as well."

Other neighbors spoke at the meeting, citing concerns about traffic and safety, but mostly noise. Commission members also questioned Dix about controlling the noise level on the property. He says he will have noise consultants create a plan to keep the volume as low as possible.

Next month, the planning commission could grant Robert Dix a Conditional Use Permit, allowing him to construct the range. Dix does not currently own the property, but will purchase the land if and when he gets approval.

Dix tells FOX 2 that he has done all he can to convince neighbors that the noise won't be disruptive.

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