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Sheriff's office gun range planned for area near Parklands of Floyds Fork worrying nearby residents

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said it wants to build an outdoor gun range in the southeastern part of the county, but residents in the area say it’s the wrong area for one.

The range would go in the Kentucky Regional Fire Training Complex at the end of Fairmount Road. Leading back to the complex sits around 20 homes that each sit on multiple acres.

“We live in an area that is very quiet,” said Marsha Reynolds, who has lived on Fairmount for more than 20 years. “People own anywhere from two to five acres of land. Most people want to live out here where it's peaceful and quiet.”

In a letter sent on June 7 to people whose property adjoins the firefighter training complex, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced its intentions to build an outdoor gun range.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the department currently uses a gun range in Clarksville for certification and training. However, the spokesman said that range is used too often and is difficult to find time for deputies. This location, he said, provides a cost effective alternative.

With dozens of acres of land available, the Kentucky Regional Fire Training Complex stepped in and said the sheriff’s office could use some of its land to build a gun range free of charge. However, that’s making people who live nearby not happy.

“We're mad, We're upset,” Reynolds said. “We want to look for alternatives for the sheriff's department.”

Under a proposal presented to community members Tuesday night, trainees would use the range six times a year, each for a week at a time. It would only open between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturdays.

“We are in no way wanting to stand in the way of training of our officers, but we just think there were would another location,” neighbor Shannon Thornton said.

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