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Proposed gun range draws mixed reactions

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TARPON SPRINGS (FOX 13) -

There's a quiet serenity that folks in the Stonehedge mobile home park enjoy -- that is, until they look in their backyards.

"On a scale of one to 10, 10 being the worst -- 10," said Jerry Kinsey.

A dilapidated motel has sat empty for years, and nearby residents say the only guests these days are the illegal ones.

"A lot of vagrants been in there, we call police several times," Kinsey said.

"I'd like to see something better than the piece of junk that's there," said his wife, Donna Kinsey.

Soon her wish may come true. Plans are in place to build a 60,000 square foot shooting range here. Reload Gun Range would be one of the largest and most advanced ranges in the Southeast.

"I think it's the best idea that's come along for Tarpon Springs," Jerry Kinsey said.

But Arthur Hayhoe, Executive Director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, wants to see the plans holstered. He hosted a public forum tonight speaking out against it, but only about 20 people showed up.

"Lets redevelop it on a multi-use facility that celebrates family and life. They want to put a facility that celebrates only death," Hayhoe said.

He says more guns may mean more incidents. Folks in the audience were split.

"We don't need that in this community. This is a sleepy little historic community and I don't want to see it turned into the OK Corral," said Joan Hutchinson.

"Guns are here and they're going to be here. It's better to have them under a controlled situation," said Denny Shollenberger.

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