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Canterbury residents concerned over proposed state police firing range

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Residents look at plans for a proposed gun range in Canterbury. (WFSB) Residents look at plans for a proposed gun range in Canterbury. (WFSB)
CANTERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Two proposed Connecticut State Police gun range sites in Canterbury has residents fired up, and they made their voices heard at a meeting on Monday.

More than 90 percent of the residents at the meeting on Monday made it clear that the training facility is not welcome in Canterbury. However, land owners are willing to sell the land to the state and they would get anywhere between $400,000 and $1 million.

Connecticut state troopers are looking at two sites for their new firearms training facility, and they are also looking at nearby Voluntown and Griswold.

There is so much more work that needs to be done before a decision is made, but people said they are concerned about traffic, gun noise, declining property values and the environmental impact.

Residents in Willington and East Windsor have also expressed concerns.

There would be 30 state police in the town, five days per week, if the gun range was built.

State police are looking for at least 100 acres of land and they would use 30 acres, while the rest would be a buffer. Plus, they want to add an active shooter training facility. The project would cost about $6 million.

The current facility is in Simsbury but it floods every year, and the buildings are falling down.

State police have been looking for a new piece of land since the mid-1980s and said it is much needed.

Officials said they don’t want to drag this out and hope to narrow it down by the end of the month. There are meetings being held in Voluntown on Tuesday and in Griswold on Wednesday.

Whatever is decided, it would not go to a public vote.

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