State drops proposed gun range in Glastonbury - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State drops proposed gun range in Glastonbury

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GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

State officials have decided not to build a year-round state police training gun range in Glastonbury. 

The proposed 55,000-square-foot gun training facility would have be built on 30 acres of land in the Meshomasic State Forest. 

It would be equipped with a pistol, rifle, shotgun rifle and active shooter training ranges.

State police said they need to move from their current facility in Simsbury because it keeps getting flooded and had chosen the Glastonbury location.

However, neighbors of the state park oppose the project and told Eyewitness News they are worried their neighborhoods will sound like war zones.

"The resolve that most of us have is to fight this as much as we can and hopefully it doesn't negatively impact us," said Lou Panico, whose home would be only a quarter mile away from the proposed facility.

At a meeting Tuesday night, dozens of residents showed up to express their concerns with the plan.

They were informed that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had decided not to build the facility in town.

"While securing a site for a new shooting range has been a top priority for a number of years, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is no longer considering the Town of Glastonbury as a potential site," said Scott DeVico, who is public information officer department of emergency services and public protection in a statement. "The Department will explore all available options as we continue our statewide search for a suitable location."

State police Lt. Pual Vance said it was only proposal  they brought it to the town's people and they didn't want it, end of story.

He added that the Simsbury location is not viable and they are looking for a new site.

Since the forest is on state-owned land, Glastonbury officials don't actually have a say in what to do with it.

"Ultimately with all indications are is that it's really a state decision, and really our opinions really may not matter in this, and that's a concern," Panico said

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