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Concern over proposed indoor gun range in Berlin

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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

Residents in a Berlin neighborhood are upset about a proposal by gun store owners who want to open an indoor gun range near their homes.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that one of those homes is just 45 feet away from the proposed site and they are worried it could be dangerous.

"We got a letter last week and didn't have time to prepare, and my biggest concern is people don't know," said Alex Dulay, who lives in the neighborhood.

Now there's the possibility of the town adding a gun range in a vacant building, which can be seen from Dulay's backyard. The proposal isn't sitting well with Dulay because he is worried about children in the neighborhood. 

Dulay's top concern is a gun going off in the parking lot and hitting one of the homes in the neighborhood.

"The reason for them opening this is to train people, so you have people that could drop their weapon and could go off," Dulay told Eyewitness News.

The building was formerly a restaurant, and the sign in the front of the building states it's under contract.

According to the town of Berlin's website, the proposal is to add an indoor gun range in connection with an existing gun shop, BMG Guns & Ammo. The gun shop currently doesn't have gun range for people to practice, which is why they want to add one.

Eyewitness News reached out to BMG Guns & Ammo, which owns a shop on the Berlin Turnpike, but they declined an interview.

Eyewitness News also reached out to Berlin Town Planner Hellyn Riggins, but did not hear back from her.

The Berlin Planning and Zoning Commission will be voting on the proposal Thursday at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public. 

Dulay said he and his family will be there, urging city leaders to vote it down.

"I hope everyone in Berlin is watching right now and come together and support our neighbors," he said.

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