A Clovis gun range came under fire Monday night at a standing-room-only-meeting of the Clovis Planning Commission.
At issue, the noise that comes from The Firing Line gun range and whether or not the city should allow it to continue to operate as is.
A crowd of at least three hundred people filled the seats, aisles and exits. They were there to speak for and against the gun range.
City-contracted sound engineers played their recordings of what they say residents hear coming from the range when shooters are shooting. But, neighbors told commission members what they recorded wasn't even close to what they had to live with every day.
"I can't sleep because of the gun noise," said Lindsey Perez, an elementary school student who lives near the gun range. "I can't sleep because of the gun noise and I have to go to school early in the morning and I cannot sleep."
Residents said they are not anti-gun, but rather just anti-gun noise in their neighborhoods.
The gun range was found to be in full compliance with the noise levels the city allowed in it's original use permit, something the range's many supporters, most decked out in green T-shirts sporting The Firing Line logo, were quick to point out.
Planning Commission Chairman Vong Mouanoutoua chose to allow everyone in attendance who wanted to speak to do so.
As a result, the meeting lasted into the early hours of the morning.
After hours of spirited debate between residents, Firing Line owner Jacob Belemjian and his supporters, Clovis Planning Commissioners opted to allow Belemjian six more months to reduce the noise coming from his range.
The decision appeared to have at least the grudging but good faith approval of all involved, for now.
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