Proposed gun range in Coventry shot down amid complaints
COVENTRY, R.I. (WJAR) —
The property owner who proposed a gun range off rural Town Farm Road in Coventry has called off his plans, withdrawing his application.
Hearings previously scheduled to discuss bringing the gun range have been canceled.
“I've believe in the Second Amendment. I believe the right to bear arms,” said Diane Jordan, who lives next to where the gun range would have been.
But Jordan does not support the right to put a gun range that would be about 400-feet away from her home.
“It's not that I’m against guns, but I'm against where it would be put,” said Jordan.
After putting up a long-standing fight against the gun range, Jordan was finally heard. Although the area is still zoned for special permit applications, the gun range proposal is gone for now.
“I was so happy,” said Jordan. “I was ecstatic. I was so happy, I felt really good feeling.”
Jordan said had the proposal gone forward, it would have been too close to homes and schools right in the wooded Coventry area.
“All it takes is one stray bullet,” said Jordan. “And it would have been a horrible accident.”
But Jordan said she is worried the fight isn't over yet, and someone could propose a similar gun range nearby, as a special use permit could still be submitted.
“Because that is still there, it does worry me. It could happen to someone else,” said Jordan.
The property owner has a previously-approved master plan for a residential subdivision and may pursue that, said Caroline Wells, who is the director of planning and development for Coventry.
The gun range developer did not return calls from NBC 10 for comment.