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Neighbors meet with Fairfield Co. Commissioners over gun range fears

Baltimore's police chief said two investigators determined the bullet found in a barn near the range couldn't be from their facility, but perhaps from a private range or from someone shooting nearby. (WSYX/WTTE)

BALTIMORE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- At a special meeting with the Fairfield County Commissioners Tuesday, neighbors from the Village of Baltimore voiced their concerns about the police firing range near their homes.

One resident told commissioners he can't use his land near the Village of Baltimore shooting range for livestock.

"The only other thing I would be able to do is maybe paint targets on the cows," said the resident.

In April, Rusty Mock and his family showed ABC 6/FOX 28 a bullet they believe traveled from the gun range to the barn near his home.

Some community members continued their push to make the range safer at Tuesday's meeting, still fearing stray bullets.

"Something is going to happen and after it is done it is too late," said another community member at the meeting.

After hearing from the group, the commissioners said they were there to help, but don't own or operate the range.

"We've certainly made our public and private offers to be helpful financially or otherwise to try and make the range more safe," said Fairfield County Board of Commissioners President Steven A. Davis.

Davis told ABC 6/FOX 28 that commissioners don't have authority to shut down the range.

It has left some residents feeling ignored.

"We have even addressed some of the state senators. No one is here," said Jerry Mock, who lives near the gun range.

Baltimore's police chief said two investigators determined the bullet found in a barn near the range couldn't be from their facility, but perhaps from a private range or from someone shooting nearby.

Chief Michael Tussey said he's listening to complaints about the height of the range's back stop.

"We are already in the process of getting bids on increasing it to what the NRA says for a civilian range," said Chief Tussey.

He told ABC 6/FOX 28 that the range is a government-style range, but they are preparing to heighten the berm to comply with rules for civilian ranges. He said shooting at the range is sporadic, and training is essential to keep officers and the community safe.

"I believe that range is probably one of the safer ranges that I have been on in the state of Ohio," said Chief Tussey.

Residents said they are gathering as a group to decide their next step.

Chief Tussey said after getting complaints, Saturday shooting will end July 1.

The schedule for the range is posted on the Village of Baltimore's website.

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