No decision last night about a proposed firearm training facility in Muskegon County’s Blue Lake Township. But, lots of objections from citizens who oppose the project.
Army veteran and former police officer Joe Brugnoli wants to build an eight range gun club where military, law enforcement, private security companies and civilians would train with various firearms.
At a meeting Thursday, Nov. 3, he asked the Blue Lake Township Zoning Board to rezone 62 acres of land to permit the project.
“We will be the only firearm training academy in the state of Michigan that focuses on law enforcement, certain military training, civilians and private security companies,” Brugnoli told the board. “There is huge interest in this.”
Dozens of residents who live near the proposed gun club told the board they oppose the project. They are concerned about noise, threats to endangered wildlife, lead poisoning ricocheting bullets.
“Gone would be the days of being able to send my children out our back door to go play in the woods, play in their backyard because we would have to fear stray bullets,” said Heather Lupa, who lives near the proposed gun range.
After a three hour public hearing, the zoning board postponed a final decision at least until they meet again Wednesday, Nov. 9.