Travis County Gun Range Ordered To Shut Down After Stray Bullets Hit Home Business

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The City of Creedmoor in Southeast Travis County joined neighbors of “The Gun Ranch” in a lawsuit that has at least temporary shut down the gun range after stray bullets penetrated the home office of Karla Gray. The Gun Ranch opened to the public the day after Christmas, and the Gray family contends the range is noisy and potentially deadly.

Gray showed local media broken glass and bullet holes that damaged company files that were at the desk of one employee that fortunately had not been sitting there at the time. Gray is also concerned because her children play around the home and have heard stray bullets whiz by while playing in the yard.

The owners of the Gun Ranch say they intend to fight the lawsuit, even though the City confirmed that the property is only zoned for residential and agricultural use and not commercial activity.

See what the Gun Ranch owner had to say in his defense about the stray bullets…The owner of the Gun Ranch pointed out that he has built tall dirt berms to catch stray bullets, but that he would pay for damages caused to the Gray's property. In an interview Gray told KXAN, “I can replace a pet, I cannot replace a child…My biggest concern is the safety of my children and workers. My children are outside regularly and they hear the bullets going by.”

Another family near by told KXAN that it used to be tranquil but now, “We have to wait between machine gun fire to hear each other talk.”

A Travis County Civil Court judge will hear the case on January 23rd and decide if the range can continue operation. The attorney for the range owner told KVUE, “We expect to win the case based on the merits of the case.”

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Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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