Residents fight what they say is gun range on neighboring property

January 3, 2013 4:16:37 PM PST
Residents in one Montgomery County neighborhood are banding together, fighting plans to create what they describe as a gun range on a neighboring property.

The homes in Indigo Lake Estates are bounded on one side by a nature trail. Those who bought here did so they say for the peace and quiet.

Neighbor Catherine Page and others fear the gunfire, saying it's too close for comfort.

"I'm very concerned. It only takes one stray bullet to hurt someone," Page said.

She says there used to be a firing range on the property adjacent to the neighborhood until October, when the Montgomery County Attorney issued a letter telling the property owner it is a violation of county ordinance to discharge weapons on any piece of land less than 10 acres.

The owner of the property insists it wasn't a gun range, telling us he was teaching concealed handgun classes and that shooting was part of that. He says he has four plats of property which in total add up to more than the 10 acres required by the county, and that he is appealing to the county to consider that a single piece of land.

"That would give him the 10 acres required to bypass that county ordinance," said Page.

Homeowners say the site is immediately west of their neighborhood, within 100 yards of a nature trail which they consider one of the big reasons for living here.

"My daughter used to love coming back here with her dog and I won't let her anymore," said Debbie Slavinsky.

Terry Porter owns this land. He says a berm on the property is 35 feet thick and is 600 yards from any home and that any shooting that has taken place here always pointed due north, never east toward the homes or the nature trail.

Of the allegations that he's doing anything dangerous he says, "It's just a bunch of hogwash."

Though homeowners say Porter is working to get his platting canceled at the next commissioners' court meeting, he insists there is no such plan for that.
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