'Not in my backyard' is what hundreds are saying about the state's wish to move a gun range into a state forest in Glastonbury.
The calm and quiet of Meshomasic State Forest is in jeopardy because the state is looking to take over 30 acres of the land and turn it into a firearms training center.
The facility will be equipped with a pistol, rifle, shotgun rifle and active shooter training ranges.
Residents told Eyewitness News they are worried their neighborhoods will sound like war zones.
"My children and I go back there all the time, we go exploring," Melissa Pericolosi, who opposes gun range. "To have this type of facility so close to homes is just not right."
Pericolosi is heading the movement to stop the range takeover.
"I moved here because of the state forest," she said. "It was the one thing that attracted me to this location."
Pericolosi said she already has more than a 1,100 signatures on an online petition, but the state police said they need to move from their current facility in Simsbury because it keeps getting flooded.
"With the $6 million that they have budgeted for this project, I feel like they could take that six million and put it towards a state of the art facility at the current location," said Jeanee Rubano, who opposes gun range.
State officials will speak at a public meeting at the Riverfront Community Center at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will have a public comment portion.
Officials are expected to lay out the plan at the meeting.
"What I want to hear is what alternatives do they have? They were supposed to come up with alternatives to this location," Pericolosi said.
State officials said they want to be very clear. They're in the early stages and things could change.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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