Trussville neighborhood wants to stop hearing gunfire from new indoor range


The sound of gunfire is unwanted in one Trussville neighborhood.

Sheepdog Firearms opened two months ago. It is off Deerfoot Parkway, right next to the neighborhood Crossings at Deerfoot.

People who live in the neighborhhod tell ABC 33/40 they welcome the new neighbor, but they do not want to hear them!

At least a dozen people went to city council this week about their concerns with the noise.

The gun range is already trying to help find a solution.

“It sounds like guns being shot, it's just kind of muffled,’ said Susan Jones, a resident in the neighborhood.

It's a sound Jones hears every day.

“From the time it opens until the time it closes,” said Jones.

Jones said when she heard an indoor gun range was being built, she didn't expect it to be quite as loud.

“We utilize our deck and screened in porch, especially this time of year,” said Jones. “And we eat our meals out there quite a bit, so we're up close and personal with it.”

Jones is like many of her neighbors, saying she still supports the business.

Eric Oare says he's even used the gun range already, but something has to change. His children can hear the gunfire from their bedrooms.

“It takes away from your everyday experience,” said Oare. “We just don't want to hear shots in the background.”

“We're really sympathetic,” said Sheepdog co-owner John Massey. “I hate it's happening.”

Massey says they’re working to help.

“We've had several sound specialists we've hired to come in,” said Massey. “We've added additional sound abatement equipment.”

Some of that equipment arrived minutes after our interview.

City Councilman Zack Steele says the range has been cooperative and he hopes the issue can be resolved without any citations.

“I feel like everyone has a right to sit in their backyard and not have to hear gunfire,” said Steele.

Sheepdog Firearms plans to begin installing the new material right away and says it will keep adding more until the sound goes down.

Massey says he wants to be a good neighbor to the community.

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