Indian Land parents concerned over gun range near elementary school

INDIAN LAND, SC (WBTV) - A new indoor gun range will soon open in Lancaster County, less than a mile away from a new elementary school that is set to open next year.

Ground broke on the new range last week, but the questions are just now building.

"I think it's beyond alarming," said parent Jonathan Hardin.

Hardin has two children that will attend Indian Land Elementary School next year.

The school is currently under construction, but an indoor gun range/retail store set to open shop only a minute down the road has parents like Hardin on edge.

"It's always going to be in the back of our minds, 'Is something going to happen?' I don't mean close to home, I mean in my front yard," he said.

"It seems insensitive and maybe a little bit irresponsible relative to school shootings that have gone on in recent years to have the ability to shoot and acquire guns in such a close proximity to a school," said parent John Challis.

The new gun facility will occupy land in the 9800 block of Harrisburg Road, five acres in total.

County Officials told WBTV, zoning for the range was approved back in 2010. Officials say the business will operate as a recreational facility, which is allowed in B-3 zoning areas.

School officials say because of the design of the gun facility and safety measures in place to comply with federal and state law, student security is not at risk.

"We feel as though an indoor range is a safe venture in majority of all cases," said Lancaster County Schools Director of Safety Bryan Vaughn.

Some parents just don't see it that way.

"My issue is not with guns, it's with the proximity of the school," said James Burback.

The indoor range and retail shop is scheduled to open mid next year.

According to the new gun facility's website, the indoor range will have 18 firing lanes capable of handling handguns and long guns.

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