Plans for indoor shooting range move forward

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The former Furniture Gallery building in Terre Haute may not be empty for long.

Plans for an indoor firing range are one step closer to becoming a reality, but some are expressing concerns.

Lando Cosby’s view from his backyard is an empty building which has him worried about what it could become.

“When you first hear oh my gosh a firing range, that right there makes you think and wonder what all is going to happen,” said Cosby.

Where Cosby’s property ends is just 15 feet away is what could be the firing range.

“My concern was noise and bullets flying around,” said Cosby.

On Wednesday night Owner of Top Guns, Steve Ellis, was able to curb some fears by explaining the indoor range would essentially be a building inside of another building.

“The concrete box does two things, one it stops bullets from getting out but it also acts as an insulator and keeps the majority of the sound from getting out,” said Ellis.

Just one way they are making safety their target.

“There’s too much liability there and we don’t want to risk someone getting hurt, so naturally we are going to take every precaution possible,” said Ellis.

Creating not only a safe but one of a kind facility.

“Indoor ranges are approximately 25 yards in length, and this range will be a 50 yard indoor range. It’s very rare to find a range that has 50 yards,” said Ellis.

It’s just one feature that has many looking forward to the $6 million dollar project.

“I was excited because we don’t have one anywhere close to here, and sometimes it’s kind of hard to find a place to shoot certain guns,” said James Craft.

The Vigo County Area Planning Commission has given the application for re-zoning a favorable recommendation.

The re-zoning process will now go before the County Commissioners.

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