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Proposed Firing Range Has Neighbors Concerned

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EASTON, Md.– Having a firing range in its own backyard would be a big advantage for the Calhoun M.E.B.A. Engineering School near Easton, but some people who lived nearby have a lot of concerns.

In the past, M.E.B.A.used the Easton Police Department's firing range for training. However, that is no longer an option for the school.

Now M.E.B.A., which trains members of the U.S. Merchant Marine in all facets of the trade, including firearms, is looking into building their own outdoor firing range on its campus on St. Michaels Road.

If M.E.B.A. gets approval, the range would be used from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for no more than 250 hours per year and it would not be open to the public.

The main reason for the firing range is for training convenience. However, nearby neighbors have raised concerns about the potential noise.

"If M.E.B.A. needs to train people that's fine, go for it," said Dan Watson of Easton. "The problem is the noise from an outdoor firing range and that is their proposal for an outdoor firing range."

 "We are really against it for a number of reasons," said Jay Miller of Easton. "First, the proximity to us and others and that sound carries over water. We think there may be other options such as an indoor facility or another location."

Watson and Miller live within an earshot from M.E.B.A.'s campus. In addition to noise concerns, these homeowners fear it could diminish property values. Watson said the members of his community will keep a close eye on M.E.B.A.'s firing range proposal.

"I have sent a couple of emails among friends," Watson said. "I was out of town last week but I will be involved with this as it goes forward."

This reporter reached out to M.E.B.A. about their neighbors' concerns, but the school declined to comment. So far a public hearing has not been scheduled for the firing range proposal.

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