JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A new proposal by area commissioners has several members of one community talking after they have proposed a request to add another gun range along New Bern Highway in Jacksonville.
Just down the road there’s already a firing range in Jacksonville, as well as one in Hubert.
Many folks WNCT spoke with like the idea of the firing range but want it put somewhere else.
On Monday, the Onslow Board of Commissioners approved a proposal to request an N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission shooting range at Deppe Park.
“The Wildlife Resource Commission actually came to us and asked if we wanted to partner with them,” said Commissioner Jack Bright.
That’s because the commission says many folks are ruining the forests by shooting in the woods.
Commissioners believe the range would be more useful to residents given the lack of resources for gun enthusiasts in the area.
“There’s not really a range nearby to them, the only two ranges I know of one’s out in Hubert and one’s out towards Maysville,” said Courtney Miller, an employee at a local pawn shops.
“But we have a bunch of customers that come from the Richlands area so there’s not a whole lot of options for them nearby,” she continued to say.
Many folks 9 On Your Side spoke with say they would prefer the commissioners choose a different location since The Sportsman’s Lodge range is only five miles down the road.
But Bright says he hears otherwise, “Everyone that I’ve talked to says yeah we need as many places as we can no matter where it’s at.”
If approved, Deppe Park would be home to a handful of pistol ranges, two rifle ranges and an archery range with 3D targets.
But the owners of the other two ranges also oppose the location. Commissioners say they plan to work with those range owners throughout the process.
Bright says a hearing will be held in the coming months for citizens to voice their opinions about the proposed firing range.
The project would cost Onslow County over one million dollars. The state would pick up the rest of the two million dollar bill using tax revenue dollars from gun sales.