Most Texans have no issues with gun ranges setting up shop. This proposal, however, is different.
A proposal before the city council of Farmers Branch, Texas, to turn a disused post office into a gun range has sparked controversy, WFAA reports. A company called Texas Legends wants to build the range just 350 feet away from a school.
The plan calls for two ranges, classrooms, offices, and a small retail component.
The nearby Westwood School has started an online petition to stop the shooting range from being built. Hundreds of signatures from concerned parents and residents have been collected so far.
Texas Legends issued the following statement:
"Texas Legends is bringing a clean, safe, state of the art, environmentally friendly firearms training facility to Farmers Branch. The project is approved by city staff, approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, and supported by city police and fire departments as well as other area police departments. It will bring recreation opportunities to the citizens of Farmers Branch and substantial sales tax revenue to the city."
A large turnout is expected Sept. 1 when City Council hears the issue.