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City asked to pull trigger on zoning for shooting ranges

Indoor-shooting ranges would become a permitted use in certain parts of the city of Charlotte, if one business gets its way.

Charlotte-based Carolina Sporting Arms is asking the city to allow shooting ranges in areas with a B-2 business zoning.

Jack Kolb, an associate at the firearms store at 8055 South Blvd., said the company wants to attach a range to its store, not build a separate shooting range.

Members of the city’s planning staff could not be reached for comment before deadline. But in a draft of a proposed text amendment, Sandy Montgomery, a zoning administrator, outlined requirements that B-2 buildings used as indoor-shooting ranges would face.

In one, they would have to be in a freestanding building, so Carolina Sporting Arms might face difficulty in winning approval for its project.

Also, the ranges would have to meet the National Rifle Association’s and the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s guidelines for the design, construction, operation and management of shooting and training facilities.

A hearing on the proposed text amendment is scheduled for June 18.

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