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Willington to spend $100,000 to fight proposed gun range

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WILLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

After a vote in Willington on Tuesday, it is clear the majority in town are against having a shooting range in their backyard.

An all-day vote on Tuesday showed 878 people were in favor of spending $100,000 to hire legal and environmental experts to help the town fight the state police gun range project.

There were 194 people against this motion.

The state has been working to move from their current gun range in Simsbury, for years. The site constantly floods, and officials said in the past, just one incident cost them $400,000 to clean up.

After a proposed move to Glastonbury failed, the current plan involves parcels of land in either East Windsor or Willington. 

The babbling brook cuts right through the land in question. It would include a 55,000-square-foot training building for classrooms and training, 125 parking spaces plus a pistol range, two different rifle ranges and an active shooter training range.

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