Jefferson County considering outdoor public shooting range

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Officials are exploring the idea of an outdoor public shooting range near Highway 93 in Jefferson County. The proposal has been in the works since 2013, but now the public can provide feedback.

Residents can attend a meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ralston Valley High School. Jefferson County officials hope a shooting range will put a stop to illegal dispersed shooting on the Front Range.

"That creates safety issues, environmental issues and noise issues because those areas are not set up for public shooting," said Tom Hoby, director of Open Space and Parks.

The proposed site is just east of Highway 93. Residents interested in learning more will hear the results of a noise study conducted by the county.

"We need to hear what the community has to say about this and their level of satisfaction with the noise study and mitigation efforts," Hoby said.

Residents have mixed opinions.

"There's lot of support for soccer and baseball, and there's not that much support for children who really need some role modeling in the community and have people who could guide them to shoot responsibility," Sally Armitage said.

"I'm not against gun ownership, but I think there's something to be thoughtful about when you place something like that in an open space," Charles Minihan said.

Hoby said he's working with the city of Arvada to address all concerns.

"We can also address the noise issue by doing various noise mitigation techniques in the design of the facility," Hoby said.

The feedback Tuesday will be used in the second meeting on June 28. The county will need to eventually present the plan to the Arvada City Council.

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