Furniture Gallery to shooting gallery

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) From Furniture Gallery to shooting gallery, the long time Terre Haute business’s doors have closed and new plans could bring an indoor shooting range to Terre Haute. But the first obstacle was Wednesday night’s area planning commission meeting.

For almost 15 years, the Furniture Gallery welcomed folks coming north to Terre Haute. But as the door closed on the store this year a possible future came up this week; in the form of a firing range.

“Now that our shop (Top Guns) has expanded and grown to a point where it has the ability to support the business as well,” Top Guns owner Steve Ellis said. “And with the Furniture Gallery becoming available, it just seemed like the right time and right place to do it.”

But with any sort of endeavor like this, to go from chairs to guns, the land must be re-zoned. First step was approval by the Vigo County Area Planning Commission and listening to nearby neighbors concerns.

“Who ensures that those safety measures are installed in the building?” one neighbor said.

From what Ellis explained the new range would be a building inside a building, a concrete box with reinforced steel walls.

“It’s the same equipment that you would go to the FBI building or the ATF building or any of these large ranges that you go to,” Ellis said. “We’ll be using the same technology.”

After listening to the concerns of the public and Ellis’ responses, the commission unanimously gave the plan a favorable recommendation. But that’s just step one in a lengthy process.

“Even once it gets approved through county council,” Ellis said. “There’s still plenty of hurdles we have to overcome. So lots, lots, we’ve got a long way to go a long road to travel to making this really happen.”

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