Creedmoor gun range closes temporarily after lawsuit

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on January 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 7:21 PM

CREEDMOOR, Texas -- A Travis County judge ordered the Shooting Ranch Gun Range in Creedmoor to close temporarily after the City of Creedmoor and neighbors filed a lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims stray bullets from the gun range landed on John and Karla Gray’s property, missing their home, but striking two buildings where they operate their construction utility business.

An employee first noticed a bullet hole in the window. Karla said it landed in a stack of folders on a desk across the room.

“Had anybody been sitting at this desk, it would have been not good for them, and concerning for me, because my children are out in the fields, and we have workers with bullets flying by their ears, and there is nothing we can do to control that,” said Karla.

The lawsuit also argues the gun range creates a noise nuisance and is not properly zoned. Attorney Kent Wymore represents Creedmoor and the Grays and says the property is zoned as agricultural and residential, not commercial.

“The City of Creedmoor has a right to ensure its ordinances are enforced,” said Wymore.

The attorney representing the gun range owner James Stinson did not grant an on-camera interview, but Stinson released a short statement saying, “We expect to win the case based on the merits of the case.”

In an email, Stinson also said he first opened the range as a members-only range in 2006 under the name Centex Hunt Club. He wrote that on Dec. 26, 2013 he opened to the public at the same location with a licensing agreement to use the name the Shooting Ranch.

There are berms around the shooting range, but neighbors said it’s not enough.

“Even though we have open space, it's way too close for machine guns and high powered rifles,” said neighbor Craig Scott.

A Travis County judge will hold a hearing on the issue Jan. 23, and will ultimately decide whether the range remains closed or will be allowed to reopen.

 

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