Change the Shooting Ordinance

Change the Shooting Ordinance

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Morgan Creek Safety Alliance started this petition to Board of Orange County Commissioners (North Carolina)

We the undersigned wish to express our concerns about the shooting that has occurred regularly over the past 2 years, at a backyard firing range on Council Lane, near Hatch Road just outside of Carrboro, NC. 

Our concerns include: 

  • Excessive and terrorizing noise from hundreds of rounds of ammunition being shot, often over the course of multiple hours. The noise, which some have equated to "being in a warzone," is frightening to adults, children, pets, and veterans with PTSD; many residents are now afraid to be outside while the shooting is occurring.
  • The threat to public and personal safety. Multiple neighbors with property downrange from the shooting have reported the sound of stray bullets hitting trees and branches.  This is a densely populated area, with hundreds of people in the immediate vicinity.  We are concerned that a tragic accident might occur.
  • The potential for lead contamination of soil and water. The negative health effects of lead are well-established.  There is concern that the growing accumulation of spent lead at this particular location, which feeds directly into the Morgan Creek watershed, may leach into University Lake. Because this reservoir provides drinking water for Chapel Hill and Carrboro, this has the potential to affect a much larger segment of the population than those who live within immediate earshot of the shooting. 

We respectfully request that steps be taken to change County ordinances such that gunfire is limited or no longer allowed in densely-populated Orange County areas in North Carolina.

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