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Hall County leader seeks to regulate safety at private gun ranges

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Hall County commissioner Billy Powell said he is looking to create an ordinance to potentially regulate gun safety at private residences. The push for the ordinance comes after a complaint by a resident over a private gun range. Powell said that resident was out walking their dog, when a bullet went whizzing by, hitting a telephone pole.

"Certainly, outdoor rifle ranges in a residential area is not the best idea," said Paul Kesmodel, President of the Cherokee Gun Club in Hall County. "I think the main issue is simply safety, pure and simple."

Kesmodel said his club is situated in an industrial zone, as required by zoning regulations for a commercial shooting range. If there is to be any change to current gun safety regulations in the county, Kesmodel believes he and his club officials need to be involved in that process, to help county leaders make educated decisions.

"I don't like to see government regulating something that they may not be familiar with," said Kesmodel. "Our club is willing to provide to Hall County our expertise and knowledge that this club has developed through many years of safe shooting."

Powell said he has asked county staff members to explore the possibility of creating an ordinance to regulate gun safety on private properties. Any ordinance would need to be subjected to a public hearing before it can pass.

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