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OPD looks for reaction to new gun range proposal

Posted at 6:27 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 19:27:36-05

Omaha Police have been planning to build a new gun range at their Public Safety Training Center.

While plans for the nearly $2.5 million range has been in the works for two years, police want to know what those who live nearby think of the proposal.

On Monday they mailed out 133 letters to anyone within a one mile radius, about 60 of those letter went to residents.

“We think our design is the best design possible, but unless you live right next to the property maybe you are not thinking that, so we want to hear what they have to say,” said Captain Adam Kyle with Omaha Police.

The gun range will have 20, 50 yard shooting lanes and four, 100 yard lanes.

Kyle said weapons training is extremely important and officers are constantly training and re-training, “having a place where we can shoot the distance, that we would on the street, is imperative for us.”

A berm wall will offer protection and some noise control for nearby residents.

“As long as we are secure, and it's the police getting it installed I’m sure it will be ok,” said one resident who lives right down the road.

The next step in the process is to get city council approval and planning board approval.

“It will be in design phase this summer and then by the fall we should be in construction phase and hopefully by spring of 2017 we should start using the range,” said Kyle.