To the Editor:
The Spring Grove Village Board has unanimously approved construction of a shooting range inside the former Thread and Gauge building on Route 12 just west of the main intersection in town. It is next door to the Maple Crest strip mall (occupants include a children’s preschool and a medical facility), many other businesses and industry, and easily within hearing range of a large residential subdivision.
The gun range may become a good neighbor. Or it may not.
It all depends on whether the owners install the necessary sound-proofing to keep all gun noise inside the building. If they allow any gun noise to be heard outside the building, it will have a negative effect on business and on property values, as well as on residents’ peace of mind.
If the gun range owners make the neighborhood sound like a war zone, it could become a safety hazard on Route 12. Motorists might assume they’re amid another gun massacre, and take instant evasive action, which could cause accidents.
But if the shooting range owners want to become good, compassionate members of our community, they will completely sound-proof their building.