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Walburg residents irked at outdoor gun range

By Ricardo Gandara - American-Statesman Staff

People say they live in this small rural community north of Georgetown because they want peace and quiet, both of which are being interrupted by bursts of rapid gunfire from a new outdoor shooting range less than a quarter-mile from their homes.

The Firing Line on FM 972, which was cited by a state agency earlier this year for failing to get a construction permit, attracts as many as 20 people on a Saturday morning for concealed handgun license training. Homeowners in the Little Opossum Creek Valley neighborhood say the noise is unbearable when range members practice after dark. They have also complained that range customers drive too fast down the long dirt driveway that runs by some of their homes, kicking up dust and making it dangerous for children at play.

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