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Berlin neighbors get chance to speak out against gun range proposal

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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

A proposal by gun store owners to open an indoor gun range in a residential neighborhood in Berlin has homeowners concerned saying it is close to their families.

The Berlin Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

According to the town of Berlin's website, the proposal is to add an indoor gun range to the west side of the Berlin Turnpike 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.

Neighbors are concerned about the proposal.

"I have two small girls and my house is pretty much in the backyard and I'm just concerned if anything can potentially go wrong in the parking lot, a gun going off that could harm them," said Jennifer Moore of Berlin.

Moore said her neighborhood is not the right location for the facility and feels it should be in less residential area with less families, homes and children.

BMG Guns & Ammo declined to comment on the proposal. 

Neighbors also told Eyewitness News that they did get a letter about the proposal, but they say they only got that letter last week.

"I'm hoping they hear our concerns as residents and understand that there has to be a better solution," Moore said.

For Moore, that solution would be to vote it down.

"We have buses that stop right here on the turnpike," she said. "Kids are walking to and from school and I just feel like it's not worth any potential harm that it could cause."

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