Catoosa County residents take aim at neighborhood firing range

Land has been cleared for construction of a Catoosa County Sheriff's Office firing range in Ringgold, Ga. Neighbors, some of whom live as close as 500 feet from the new range, are concerned about the sound of gunfire and its effects on their property values.
photo Land has been cleared for construction of a Catoosa County Sheriff's Office firing range in Ringgold, Ga. Neighbors, some of whom live as close as 500 feet from the new range, are concerned about the sound of gunfire and its effects on their property values.

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Eric Geissinger was jogging in his neighborhood about three months ago when he ran across bulldozers sweeping away a bundle of pine trees. He was surprised.

A construction worker told Geissinger the crew was clearing land for a firing range that Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk wanted. A public entity, building on public land, where public workers will train.

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