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Shooting range will not open on Route 120, property owner says

McHENRY – A gun shooting range will not replace the Eckel’s McHenry Flea Market on Route 120, the building’s owner said.

While the building at 3705 W. Elm St. is still for sale, property owner Tom Sullivan said, the Eckels plan on staying as long as they can.

“For right now, I’m staying where I’m at,” said Carl Eckel, who co-owns the flea market with his wife, Jennifer. “I’ve looked at other places so I have a few in mind, but I like this location.”

Bertram Irslinger had planned on opening a shooting range that would operate in conjunction with a sporting goods store.

He also owns Second Amendment Sports, 409 Front St.

Sullivan and Irslinger could not agree on the terms of the sale, Sullivan said.

The McHenry City Council had OK’d the plan in a 5-1 vote at its Sept. 24 meeting despite reservations from some council members about its proximity to schools.

Irslinger did not respond to multiple calls and emails inquiring whether he was looking into other locations.

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