Tipton County residents up in arms about proposed gun range

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A proposed outdoor gun range set to be built just west of Covington in the Mt. Lebanon community has residents up-in-arms.

"If we have to, we'll get a lawyer, the whole community will, and we'll keep fighting," resident Mindy Cromwell said.

Cromwell said she is determined that her front yard, though now covered with snow, will continue to be a safe place for her kids to play.

Her family farm is right next to the spot of land where a proposed gun range could be built.

"I'd hate to be on a tractor one day and a bullet come flying through the window..we have four tractors at a time running back here," she said.

Cromwell and others in the Mt. Lebanon community don't want to see a gun range in their back yards.

"There's kids playing in the yard, riding four-wheelers, doing every stuff and they're subject to ricochets," resident Ben Baker added.

Residents packed a Tipton County Commission meeting last week to protest the range.  The county denied the gun range request because of the loud noise it would create.

Last week, property owner Jay Ridings told Action News 5 he plans to do everything he can to keep things safe and quiet.

Ginger Shelton's house sits right next to where the proposed range would be.

Her big concern is safety.

"When he was out there shooting I was walking back there and I was actually ducking - the bullets were that close. I thought they were going to hit me," Shelton said.

Residents in the area say they're not against a range, but they want to see it built somewhere else.

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