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September 20, 2012

Editorial: Complaints about shooting range have little merit

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According to Olsen, state law protects firing ranges from noise complaints.

There have been some complaints from residents about the sounds of shooting. But what local community does not register such complaints, particularly as the fall hunting season approaches.

“I was on the soccer field Sunday and there was loud banging,” Town Councilor Joseph Green said. “It was like a cowboy shootout Sunday.”

Surely, Londonderry wants its police officers to have plenty of practice using the firearms they carry as part of their sworn duty to protect the community. Poor training in firearms use leads to tragic accidents.

And surely, the members of the Londonderry Fish and Game Club have as much right to enjoy their sport as the golfers do.

Londonderry town councilors said they will do some “field work” and head over to the shooting range to have a listen. We’re sure they hear the sound of gunfire there, and, particularly to the uninitiated, it will seem loud. Some councilors may be inspired to “do something.” They should resist the urge.

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