Last year the Mitchell City Council started looking into building a public gun range either near Lake Mitchell or at the old city dump on the south side of town. The city decided to propose a $1.8-million gun range on the lake outside city limits. On Tuesday night, the Davison County Planning and Zoning Commission responded to overwhelming public opposition and said no way:
After it was revealed 70 residents who attended the meeting were against the location of the gun range while 16 were in favor, the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the city of Mitchell’s conditional use permit that’s required for the project to materialize. The planning and zoning commission’s decision is a recommendation for the Davison County Commission to consider when the governing body meets in late September to decide the fate of the gun range permit.
The permit for the proposed $1.8 million gun range that the city is seeking to build on a portion of the former Kelley property west of Mitchell drew nearly 100 Mitchell area residents to Tuesday’s meeting, with a vast majority of them speaking against the project location. Noise from gun shots, security oversight and environmental impacts were shared concerns from many residents who spoke [Sam Fosness, “Davison County Panel Denies Permit for City’s Gun Range After Flood of Nearby Residents Oppose Location,” Mitchell Republic via Yahoo, 2023.09.05].
Opponents carefully insist that they aren’t against America’s rampant gun culture; they just the city’s gun range out of range of their hearing and property values. Proponents submitted letters but slunk away from the cameras at Tuesday’s meeting.