Panel asked to rethink OK of gun ranges

September 17, 1997

The Frederick County Board of Appeals is being asked to reconsider its approval of the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club's shooting ranges on a Frederick County farm.

The three-member board granted zoning approval in August for the club to build rifle, pistol and trap shooting ranges on a farm in the 12000 block of Shoemaker Road near Harney.

The club spent five years seeking approval for the ranges, despite opposition from neighbors who have argued that Shoemaker Road was inadequate for increased traffic and that the gun ranges would alter a quiet, rural lifestyle.

The appeals board will decide at its Sept. 23 meeting whether to reconsider its decision. If the board refuses, opponents can appeal to Circuit Court.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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