Opponents to proposed gun range say location is too close to Niles schools

Kim Conenna, on the left, went to the Niles trustee meeting with her son to speak out against a proposed gun range and store. Larry, the man holding the “Vote Yes” sign on the right, was in support of the range and told Conenna to “get her head out of her ass.”

The gun range’s partners had experienced relatively smooth sailing at the village’s previous zoning meeting. However, that forward momentum came to a grinding halt at the June 24 trustee meeting, when over 50 people from both sides of the gun debate gave passionate, and sometimes confrontational, public commentary to village officials and each other.

The complaints arose because Sportsman’s Club and Firearms Training Academy’s proposed address, 6143 Howard St., is about a mile southwest of Niles West and about 350 yards from New Hope Academy. New Hope is a therapeutic school that serves students with emotional disabilities and other issues.

Those in favor of Sportsman’s carried signs that said “Vote Yes” while the facility’s opponents wore green ribbons in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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Notes from the peanut gallery.

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