Lyon Township approves gun range near school amid outcry against the plan

Some parents fear range is too close for comfort
Posted at 11:24 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:24:19-04

Lyon Township officials approved a plan Monday to put a gun range near an elementary school. The final vote was six to one.

Huron Valley Guns won its fight to put the six million dollar, indoor gun range about 1,600 feet away from Dolsen Elementary.

Parents opposed to the location said the range would only be about 800 feet away from the school's outdoor playground.

They're not only worried about the proximity, they also fear the range could attract someone looking for a soft target like a school.

"I'm disappointed that they're not looking at the safety of our children and they're allowing something
so very close to them at this day and age," said Lyon Township resident Jessica Domka.

Ed Swadish of Huron Valley Guns told township officials the range does not pose a danger to the school. He cited state-of-the-art safety and environmental measures that are far above the industry standard.

"I think, given a little time, let them come to our facility, see how safe it is. I think it'll be good," Swadish said.