Travis County gun range remains closed

The Shooting Range in Creedmoor, Texas.
The Shooting Range in Creedmoor, Texas.

CREEDMOOR, Texas (KXAN) – A temporary injunction has shut down a new gun range, The Shooting Ranch, in Creedmore, on the southern edge of Travis County.

On the day it opened, just a day after Christmas, the mayor of Creedmore was in attendance, but now the city has taken action against the range. The legal argument is that the land is zoned for agriculture or residential use – not commercial – but safety is the underlying issue.

Karla Gray of J&K Utility Service lives and works less than a mile east of the range. She said bullets have come whizzing by. One went through the window of her work trailer and embedded in business folders on her desk. Her workers and sons say they’ve heard other bullets whizzing by in the field nearby.

The Shooting Ranch has tall dirt berms behind its targets and offered to pay damages to the Grays, but they said that’s not enough.

Their family attorney Kent Wymore says it’s a zoning, and a safety issue.

Another neighbor, Martha Scott, has lived on her property since she was born in 1935. She is not in the line of fire (located north of the range, the Grays are east) but she says the racket spooks her and her animals.

Range owner James Stinson says his lawyer has advised him not to do interviews but that they “fully expect to win the civil case on its merits”. The shooting range must stay closed until this case goes trial on Oct. 27 but Stinson can appeal the injunction.

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