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Gun Range Plans Reopening Despite Feud with Neighbors

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Owners of a gun range plan on reopening its rifle range tomorrow.  This comes after several nearby residents said bullets from this range hit their homes and came dangerously close to killing family members.  Gun range owners have said it's impossible for bullets from their range to travel that far.

A nearby resident doubts if the gun range is truly safer after this reopening.

"A little over a year now we've been shot at," says Krystal Butler, who lives about 1,000 yards away from the Outdoor Addicts rifle range.

"When you're out and about in a public place and you hear something that sounds like a gun shot, now instantly you feel anxious and worried.  Am I safe?  Where is the target?  And this is coming from someone who was raised... my step dad taught us gun safety and how to shoot," says Butler.

Butler and her neighbors say Outdoor Addicts has been not only disregarding safety, but...

"They're putting false information into people's minds, trying to make people think they are safe when they are not," says Butler.

Owners of Outdoor Addicts posted on Facebook that the rifle range was reopening after some changes on the ranges.  The post said "We had a Jasper County official say that they would open the range.  We also had ATF.  Glad to report that they looked at all the safety measures in place."  An ATF worker told us agents have visited the gun range and couldn't come to a clear conclusion if the bullets that hit homes came from Outdoor Addicts.  But the ATF worker also told us it's unclear if agents have been to the gun range since modifications were made there.

Nearby residents allege eight bullets from Outdoor Addicts have struck six homes since March of last year.  The Jasper County Sheriff's Office, after the latest incident in March of this year...

"We retrieved the round that had struck the house and it is consistent with the 303 caliber rifle.  We checked the logs for the range for that time frame of when the complaint came in, and there were three 303 rounds fired during that time frame," says Derek Walrod with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

Butler hopes a revised restraining order request against the gun range is quickly approved.

"It would be nice, at some point, if they could legally step-in and do something to help stop this from happening.  But hopefully we'll get there soon," says Butler.

An ATF worker says the government agency will return to Outdoor Addicts if complaints continue.

Owners and workers of Outdoor Addicts refused to be interviewed for our story.  Outdoor Addicts will need to legally respond to the newly revised restraining order request against them.

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