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February 5, 2013

Kingston residents oppose proposed shooting range

ZBA will hear proposal again next week

KINGSTON — Opposition is mounting against a proposal to establish a public indoor shooting range on Route 125.

Neighbors say the range, proposed by Samantha Mooskian of Seabrook, would present a health hazard and reduce property values.

The 14-lane shooting range would be located inside a commercial building at 21 Route 125 also occupied by East Coast Metal Works.

But neighbors, including Hillside Road residents Martin Orio and Timothy Shea, are concerned and have asked town officials to deny the request.

“Reduced property values, lead and noise are the three big things,” Orio said. “This kind of facility has been proven across the country to lower property values.”

Orio said he and his wife, Andrea, also are concerned about the toxic lead dust created by the firing of firearms. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has linked lead to numerous human health problems, he said.

Martin Orio said they are worried about potential noise day and night, seven days a week. The range would be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. if approved.

Shea said he has the same concerns as Orio, noting the site lies within an aquifer protection zone.

“Lead dust is a major concern for me,” said Shea, the father of a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old. “It’s horrific on children.”

Orio and Shea said they are not opposed to the Second Amendment right to bear arms and their opposition is not due to the fatal shootings of 26 people in Newtown, Conn., last month.

They just don’t think a firing range should be allowed in their neighborhood.

“This is not a march on guns, it’s a march on lowering property values and with no regard for local residents,” Orio said.

Shea said Mooskian has no regard for the neighbors’ rights.

“The applicant has no concern for anyone but herself,” he said.

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