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Still no safety improvements at Garland gun range

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ROWLETT, Texas -

The city of Rowlett is fired up again over the Garland Public Shooting Range. Its owner agreed to make changes after stray bullets allegedly hit a nearby neighborhood, but the work still isn't done.

Lawyers from both sides fired away in court Wednesday morning.

"For some reason there's just is not an attitude of let's cooperate and work out what the concerns are," said Randy Mathis, an attorney for the gun range.

Those concerns involve a berm that the range agreed to raise 20 feet by August.

Rowlett's attorney David Berman believes the range has had more than enough time.

"In March they asked for a 30 day extension and Rowlett has been more than generous, giving them 150 days. The gun range is a dangerous operation and it needs to be made safe and it needs to be done soon before someone else gets hurt," he said.

Mathis argued the range has been working with the city of Garland on flooding and utility issues. Some of the work has been completed, but the owner's hands are tied because of surveys and permits.

"My concern is that the greatest stride is yet to be made and I am not hearing anything that gives me comfort that it will be made any time soon," the judge said.

"We are working on that. It's in the hands of the city of Garland," Mathis said.

In summer 2010, Mike Domin was struck by a bullet while working in his backyard. Then in early 2012 two homes were hit in the same night by stray bullets which penetrated interior walls.

The range sits on 26 acres off Pleasant Valley Road in Garland. It was built back in 1969, long before the residential neighborhood in Rowlett sprouted up to the north.

The owner has denied that the bullets came from his range. However, he did agree to the safety measures and said he does one day hope to move the range to an adjacent piece of property so that the homes are not down range.

The judge set another court date for Nov. 15 to hear evidence.


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