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Griswold fights against proposed state police gun range

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GRISWOLD, CT (WFSB) -

The town of Griswold is considering funding a legal fight to do what other communities have done to keep the state from building a gun range.

The current Connecticut State Police training range in Simsbury is plagued with flooding and mold and needs to be replaced, but it seems no matter what town is suggested for the new facility, there is going to be a fight.

Signs protesting the state’s plan for the new training facility are popping up around Griswold, especially along the eastern part of the town near the state forest.

"You'll never get rid of it. Once it's here this forest is going to change. Not just for me, for everyone,” said Renee Bergeron.

She said she can’t imagine having constant noise that she says the gun range would bring.

On Tuesday night, selectmen approved $100,000 to fund a legal and environmental fight against the project, like the town of Willington did last year to defeat the proposal.

First Selectman Kevin Skulczyck said it is up to voters to decide in a town meeting whether they want to fund a fight or not.

"We're not in Russia and I'm not Putin. So we just can't say no because you don't agree with something or you do agree with it,” Skulczyck said.

The problem is the state is looking to buy a 113-acre parcel from a private owner on Lee Road for the 55,000 square foot multi-building police training facility.

"This is the highest point in Griswold. So if they're shooting anywhere from 3,600 to maybe 10,000 rounds a day, it's going to be heard all over the place,” said Pamela Patalano.

"We all moved here for the tranquility of this area and we just don't want to see it go away,” Anthony Cardin said.

Griswold has to schedule a town meeting to vote on funding to fight the gun range.

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