Clovis gun range gets time to reduce noise level

FRESNO, Calif.

The Firing Line is located at Dayton and Sunnyside in Clovis and backs up to a residential neighborhood. People who live in the area told commissioners the constant sound of gunfire is ruining the "Clovis Way of Life." Monday night, about 30 residents addressed members of the commission in an effort to bring peace back to their neighborhood. "It is not about guns, it is about the noise. It is about the fact that is gunshot noise," said Lori Weaver-Hill, a property owner in the neighborhood.

Members of the gun range also packed the council chambers, wearing matching green shirts to show their support. The owner said he already jumped through hoops in order to open the business and he is still willing to come up with ways to reduce the sound levels coming from the gun range. He disputes some of the claims made by neighbors, who told commissioners they hear gunfire early in the morning and late at night, affecting their sleep. "We are open from 10 a.m. To 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. We have a very strict set of rules when it comes to shooting," said Jacob Belemjian.

Members of the Clovis Planning Commission could have revoked or modified the The Firing Line's permit Monday but instead decided to continue the issue. It will now go back in front of Clovis City Council March 18.

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