A Chickamauga audience was overwhelmingly against a proposal tonight to build an outdoor shooting range across the street from a daycare center.
The Chickamauga Planning Commission agreed and voted unanimously against rezoning the property. The commission's vote is only advisory; the matter goes before City Council at its May 7 meeting.
Paul Chapman had proposed the range behind a metal-sided building at 1568 LaFayette Road. Academy for Little People daycare sits across the road.
Chapman wants to lease the space for his 10-employee ammunition manufacturing business, North Georgia Firearms & Ammunition, which has outgrown its space in Fort Oglethorpe.
"I am not here to diminish anybody's business," he said, referring to the daycare's opposition.
He said the shooting range would be surrounded by a berm and sturdy railroad ties would prevent stray bullets.
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Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...