BROWNSBURG — Joe Sellmer says opening an indoor firing range here is about gun safety and giving local gun enthusiasts an opportunity to practice their skills.
For residents like Brian and Leah Eastridge, it’s not about free enterprise. It’s about the safety of their home, which would border the rear of the potential business.
Sellmer voluntarily met with residents at the Brownsburg Public Library this past Thursday to discuss his plan to put the firing range at 462 Southpoint Circle and to hear concerns from those who live near it.
“We’re going to try and make it incredibly safe,” Sellmer said to a filled room. “Our focus is safety training, preparing amateur gun owners, or people who’ve just got a permit to carry and are buying their first gun.”
Sellmer said the building is 10,000 square feet and would be designed by Shooting Ranges International which makes similar style ranges for military and FBI personnel.
“We’re going to have law enforcement certified trainers and National Rifle Association certified trainers,” he said, pointing out also that noise would not be an issue as there would be classrooms right outside the range.
The firing range, he said, would be about 25 yards. He said the business would not have caliber restrictions but would limit bullet type.
“We’re not allowing incendiary or armor piercing rounds,” he explained. “We will also have a retail space where we sell ammunition, accessories, and weapons. We will have weapons for rent only on the range.”
Residents opposed to the range weren’t doubting the indoor safety of the facility, but rather were concerned with what will go on outside.
“I think the majority of people are concerned with outside the facility, the parking lot,” said Austin Meadows resident Brian Eastridge, who can see the building from his backyard. “Even with the most trained people out there, that’s the biggest concern for all of the (home)owners.”